6th April 2018

Is Death the End of the Story? 

But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen — that the Messiah would suffer and, as the first to rise from the dead, would bring the message of light to his own people and to the Gentiles
Acts 26:22-23 (NIVUK)

Newspapers often prepare celebrity obituaries well in advance of someone’s death so that they can provide in-depth coverage of the deceased’s life. Such was the case when Stephen Hawking, the much loved and respected physicist and cosmologist, passed away a few weeks ago. Most papers had 2 to 3 pages of text with good photos to accompany. That so much was written about him is in itself a tribute to someone whose research into how the universe works and whose personal battle against crippling disease inspired us all.

But is death the end of the story of someone’s life? Is there still more? Of course, it’s an age-old question that no amount of scientific enquiry can answer. It needs someone to come back from the dead and tell us all. This is what Christians know in faith that Jesus did. He rose from the dead to tell us that there is more to the story of our lives than we realize.

In Acts 26 Paul is brought before King Agrippa by the regional governor, Festus. The Jews had appointed “a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor” (Acts 24:1). The Jews were furious with Paul because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. In his defence Paul explains that Jesus is the first person to come back from the dead. When he was resurrected, Paul explains, Jesus brought a message for all people, both Jews and Gentiles. A clear message of light over darkness. It proclaimed that Jesus was victorious over death. Therefore, our physical death is not the end. There’s the hope of life after this life.

Whatever the story of your life is, there’s more to be written.

Let Jesus finish your story.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that Jesus rose from the grave and that he has the victory over death. Thank you that in him we have hope of life after this life.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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