Theology

“Death, Thou Shalt Die”

December 17, 2012

It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years since he died. This Advent season, I am again reminded of one of the reasons why we anticipate and long for Christ’s returning to make all things new – when finally the last enemy, death, will be defeated. When death will die:

DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee  
Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,  
For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,  
Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.  
From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee,         
Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow,  
And soonest our best men with thee doe goe,  
Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.  
Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men,  
And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell,
And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well,  
And better then thy stroake; why swell’st thou then;  
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally,  
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

– John Donne

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”

 – 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 

“…and death shall be no more... for the former things have passed away.”

– Revelation 21:4

Come, Lord Jesus!
Even so, come!

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