I am older today than I was yesterday. That is just the way it is. I am pretty sure that first sentence did not make you feel enlightened. Today I am one day closer to the end of my days here on earth and the beginning of my days seeing Jesus face to face.
On any given day I can feel quite different about the fact that I am getting older and there is a finite number of days in this life. Some days I love this current life and some days I look forward to the next. There are days that I thoroughly enjoy and there are days that I will enjoy when they are in the rearview mirror. There are those days where people bless me in so many ways and then there are those days that people – well, they don’t bless me very much.
Can you relate to these mixed feelings? Why is this the case? I think the primary theological reason for this is seen in our text for this upcoming Sunday’s message. Paul describes it this way in I Corinthians 15.
21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
My days are mixed because I am currently living during the “in between time.” I live my life in the reality of sin and death – the world’s and my own. It is quite easy for me to see that I am not living in heaven quite yet. But I am also living in the truth that Jesus has defeated sin and death. He rose from the dead for me.
So, now my days are a combination of these two realities – the death of Adam that affects me and the defeat of death by Jesus that can always affect me in a greater way. The question for me and for you is, will Adam’s mistake or Jesus’ solution affect me more? Most of you know that Jesus is the solution to conquer death when we breathe our last. But do you know that Jesus has also won the battle in such a way that He can also give us the power that conquers the junk that can wreck any given day right now?
In John 10:10 we see that Jesus has come that we might have life and have it to the full! This is for all of eternity, but it is also for today. When difficulties, loneliness, fear, pride and all kinds of mistakes enter our lives – Jesus has a response. It is joy, peace, hope and love that moves in and conquers all the junk; the stuff I create and the stuff that is a part of being in this world. The power of the resurrection is for each of those days where I am getting older and the day at the very end that is really a new beginning.
Pastor Nick Mundis