Your body is decaying. I understand this is not an enjoyable idea to reflect on. 2 Corinthians 4:16 reminds us that this does not have to bring discouragement:
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
When your life crumbles (literally) will you know the comfort of the saints throughout the ages? Kara Tippetts, the faithful PCA pastor’s wife and mother to four children, passed away one week ago after a battle with cancer. She has impacted many through her firm hope in words like these: “My little body has grown tired of battle, and treatment is no longer helping. But what I see, what I know, what I have is Jesus.”
What is remarkable is that Kara stands in a long line of saints who have suffered well. Most notably Job teaches us of the greatness of our Savior and our glorious future. Job would face the death of his family, he himself received painful sores all over his body and also would be dealt loneliness as his friends leveled accusations against him. He laments over his isolation and yet in the middle of his distress he says this in Job 19:25-27:
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
This verse is a reminder that the Old Testament believers knew much more than we normally acknowledge. Job knew that he had a Redeemer who lives and this redeemer would actually have a human body. He also knew that his body would decay and yet after this decay he knew that he would see Jesus with his own resurrected body.
Matthew Henry reflects on this passage saying:
“Though the body, in the grave, seem despicable and miserable, yet it shall be dignified and made happy in the vision of God.”
As you walk through this week preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Christ’ body (like we do every Sunday) consider the joyful reality that your own body will be resurrected and you will see the living God face to face. Kara is a modern day example that God’s people can still die well. Job reminds us that His people can have hope in the midst of trials. As you suffer in this life learn from Kara and Job by dwelling on the rich promise that because Jesus’ body was raised so shall we in our bodies be raised to behold our God.
To learn more about her story go to her blog at: http://www.mundanefaithfulness.com/
You can find her book at: http://www.mundanefaithfulness.com/the-hardest-peace-book/