A New History
I put the following verse on Facebook this morning as was reading in Galatians, and this verse stood out on the page. This afternoon I picked up a textbook for a seminary class that I took led by our pastor, Dr. Tony Taylor. I started rereading "Theology, Death and Dying" by Ray S. Anderson.
Galatians 2:20 ESV
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
As I read my textbook, these words also seemed written for me today. I will be 75 in 2 weeks. I am a healthy 75 year old, but I know I have less years here on earth than when I was born in 1945. Let us go straight to the text and then explain a bit more.
"The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ affects our life and death by placing us within the context of a new history of life and death which extends through death to eternal life with God...The New Testament's answer to the problem of our death is that the victory over death was achieved in the resurrection of Jesus..."
We have a new history that begins with our earthly death and it is an eternal life in the presence of Almighty God! This eternal life extended forever is difficult for our human minds to understand sometimes. Our trust in a perfect God, acceptance of the work Christ did on the cross for each of us, and our Living Christ living within us is the proof. God's Word is the truth and the change within us is proof.
Romans 8:9-11 ESV
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
So much of 2020 has been confusing, but God's love exemplified in Jesus Christ as we learned in John 3:16 as a child is not. I live each day on earth thankful for another day and have a living hope for that moment when life ends here and begins with God. That living hope is not sad or morbid as it fills the heart with anticipation. In days like we have recently experienced, that hope trancends the comfusion.