by Robert Brock
Victory Even in Death
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces;…we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation,” Isaiah 25:8, 9.
The New Testament bugles this verse in Paul’s explanation of the resurrection of Jesus and the believers (1 Corinthians 15:54-58). There is a worldly attitude about death that marks the end of everything. The worldview of death in poetry, when Rover died, he died all over, all but it’s tail and it turned over. What a fatalistic way to go through life looking at death as nothing more than an animal going out of existence.
The Christian’s biblical view of death: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him” (2 Corinthians 5:8, 9). Here one sees how his view of death affects his entire life. The Greek word for “absent” is ekdemeo which means to be absent from one’s people. The word “present” which is endemeo in the Greek means to be among one’s own people. Thus, death for the Christian is a homecoming which presupposes one’s people are in Heaven waiting on him. The Holy Spirit had Paul present death as leaving one’s family on earth to join one’s own family in Heaven. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11). In order for one to have a biblical view of death, he must possess the Holy Spirit.
THOUGHT: If you were to die today and you stood at the
gates of Heaven and Jesus asked you, “Why should I
let you come into my Heaven?” What would your answer be?