A Metaphor for the Ages

Winter has been back-and-forth, with one day sunny and balmy and the next cold and brusque.  And, just when spring appears to have won – Voila! – A winter storm strikes.

It has been a natural metaphor for the reality of Life, and Death – and Life.


There is an old saying that there are two certainties in life:  death and taxes.  Woody Allen, when once asked to comment on his seeming obsession with death and sex, replied, “What else is there?”  I certainly relate to the death portion, having grown up amidst four cemeteries and experiencing annual long drawn-out illnesses within my family. Perhaps this is why, at least in part, the Gospel bears such significance for my life.  It speaks to life amidst death and life transcendent and triumphant over death.   


Basic to Bible teaching is the over-arching, underlying fact that God is the Author of Life.  Every single man, woman and child has been given the breath of life by God.  Our lives are individually and collectively expressive of His gift of Life.  We are also taught, both by scripture and experience, the woeful fact that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3.21).  It is as realistic an appraisal as any that has been put forth throughout the drama and trauma of history.


“The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6.23).  This is why we die.  We have gone off the rails, so to speak, missing the mark as to our purpose, and, being severed from our source of life, we have only so much energy to expend and oxygen to breathe before we disintegrate and expire.  The biblical three-score-and-ten, or 70 years, proves the average.


Sin has over-run our hearts and minds, and our bodies pay an unduly burdensome price, as does the natural world.  All manner of disease and disorder has been set loose, all of which culminates in death and destruction.  And, if anyone who beg to differ, let it be remembered that death has a 100% rate of success.  There are no exceptions to the rule.


Actually; there is, for “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6.23).  God is merciful and gracious, and has “re-issued” (if one may put it this way) this precious gift of life, notwithstanding the pervasive reality of death, through the Presence of Jesus Christ “who, as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead:  Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1.3, 4). 


Let an asterisk be placed astride every obituary and gravestone, for Life returned amidst death!  It is the testament of scripture and the witness of every true Christian:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.  ‘Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15.54-57). 


Offices and stores are now open for business on Good Friday and Easter – Life is; too!


Pastor Bradley E. Lacey (April 2017)