But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

1 Corinthians 15: 20

 

Death is a big deal. That’s a brilliant thought, right? Not really. Throughout our history people have been concerned about it and have focused attention on its inevitability. When it comes in old age, we can be sad yet accept that the person lived a full life. When it comes to the very young, we are overwhelmed by the lack of fairness; and when the end of breath happens to those in their 20s, 30s, and such, we are frightened and saddened by thoughts of a life cut short. Still, it does come to us all.

 

What seems even sadder than the end of this life is a life that is lived in the shadow of spiritual death. Life, itself, is the handicraft of God. He designed the circuitry and the plumbing that make these bodies work, and He fabricated the molecules that perform their infinitely intricate functions in such amazing harmony. Even more important than all of this, the Lord breathes the essence of what we call life into us. He provides us with the divine connection that is our soul, and He forms us in a manner that is like Him so that we can relate to Him and interact with other people like He does.

 

Jesus defeated death. This does not mean that we won’t die, for He did that. However, Christ has given us the solution to the puzzle that is death and has provided us with proof of the absolute certainty of God’s promise of our personal eternity with Him. More importantly, Christ defeated death’s hold on our lives in the present. Jesus is the firstfruit. He is the best, sweetest, and most desirable of the crop. Also, as the first of the fruits, He leads the way for an abundant harvest of God’s precious souls. Each of us alive, everyone empowered to live and all of us sent into life to share the promise of being alive with others.