Death and Dying

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY MAY 26, 2020

         THE NEW YORK TIMES HAD AN UNUSUAL FRONT PAGE OVER THE WEEKEND. IT LISTED ONE THOUSAND OF THE NEARLY 100 THOUSAND NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED FROM THE CORONAVIRUS.

         THE VIRUS HAS KILLED FAR FEWER PEOPLE WHO DIE OF SEASONAL INFLUENZA, CANCER, HEART DISEASE AND OTHER AILMENTS. BUT HERE IS ONE THOUGHT THE MEDIA AND MOST PEOPLE TRY TO IGNORE. DEATH IS INEVITABLE BECAUSE THE WORLD IS FALLEN AND AS SCRIPTURE REMINDS US, THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH. SCRIPTURE ALSO SAYS IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER THAT THE JUDGMENT. BUT JESUS SAID THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM, THOUGH OUR BODIES DIE, OUR SPIRITS WILL LIVE ON AND NEW BODIES AWAIT.

         THIS SHOULD BE SOBERING AND COMFORTING. IT IS SOBERING BECAUSE ALL WILL DIE OF SOMETHING, INCLUDING OLD AGE WHEN OUR BODIES WEAR OUT. AND IT SHOULD BE COMFORTING FOR THOSE WHO DIE IN CHRIST BECAUSE IT IS ONLY IN HIM THAT WE TRULY LIVE NOW AND HAVE THE HOPE OF ETERNITY IN HEAVEN.

         I HOPE YOU WILL GET JOHN PIPER’S LITTLE BOOK “THE CORONAVIRUS AND CHRIST.” IT IS A POWERFUL REMINDER AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF ALL THESE THINGS. I’M CAL THOMAS.

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