Is living just avoiding death? Watching AMC’s “THE WALKING DEAD”, you’d think that’s all life is — the avoidance of dying. Survivors of a massive ‘disease’ flee the resultant zombies, continually aware that at any moment death or living death may win out.
For those of us who reside in reality, at some point in life illness comes and we begin to fight to stay alive. Perhaps from birth to death, we live primarily to avoid dying.
But, didn’t Jesus say He comes to earth to give us life — and not only life, but abundant life? Is the abundant life only a life consisting of avoidance of injury and pain and illness and death? We may well attempt to avoid these events, but obviously we are not successful. Still, we may claim to have the abundant life despite the inclusion of injury, pain, illness and yes — eventually physical death. God tells us in His Word that death is defeated, having lost its sting and its victory.
This is the victory — resurrection from the dead and life eternal with the Lord. This victory over death is not akin to the life of the walking dead. We are not zombies. We are not angels. We are the children of God, chosen in eternity for eternity.
To God be the glory!