I wrote this two years ago after we laid my uncle to rest. He was sixty two years old and looking forward to the arrival of his first grandchild. We had no warning. No sign. He went to bed hale and hearty and never woke up again. It hit the whole family hard.
I am bringing it back now because my family suffered another hit in the early hours of January 10, 2011 – We lost another uncle, my mom’s only remaining sibling. They were just three; her elder brother died two years back and now, her younger brother too. It was heartbreaking watching my gentle mother weep that she has been left alone. And my mind went back to the same question I asked two years ago – WHEN?
“The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.” 1 Cor 15:26
I have lost a lot of people over the course of my life. I lost my dear friend who helped me to Christ; I’ve lost a brother, friends, cousins, grandparents, aunties, uncles, colleagues, acquaintances. It has never gotten easier. I have asked ‘Why?” a lot of times.
But looking on as my Uncle was being interred, I asked another question. I asked “When?”
When will we overcome death?
I do not believe we are to wait till resurrection to become immortal. No! I believe it is something we are to become while on earth. Adam was not created to die. He was created to live forever. He lost it. Immortality was one of the things Christ came to restore back to us.
When Christ died on earth, He also rose on earth. In flesh and blood. He did not get to heaven before overcoming death. He overcame death then ascended to heaven. Why then have we accepted death as our lot in life?
Resurrection is not an event. It is a person – CHRIST! “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life” –John 11:25
As long as we have Christ in us, we have resurrection in us. We are to be as indestructible as He is. But if we do not understand that we will continue to be subject to death. “I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High. Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes” –Psalm 82:6&7
I agree that that is not a day’s job. Just as we are to grow into fullness so also we are to grow into immortality. We have to overcome a lot of things before we get to overcoming death. It is after all, the Last Enemy. Many of us will die physically before that is achieved. I understand that.
But standing by the grave and bidding my beloved uncle goodbye, it is hard for me to accept.
I can only ask, “WHEN?”