Posts tagged “death

Death: suspension of the law of nature

Posted on April 16th, 2014

My mother sent me this quotation from Flannery O’Connor. I don’t know the source, but it’s beautiful: The virgin birth, the incarnation, the resurrection . . . are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of those laws. . . . [It] would never have occurred to human consciousness to conceive of purity if we were not to look forward to a resurrection of the body, which will be flesh and spirit united in peace, in the way they were in Christ. The resurrection of Christ seems the high point in the law of nature.

Sermo Dei: Trinity 3 (Micah 7:18-20)

Posted on June 16th, 2013

Who is a God like you? That’s the question asked by the prophet in today’s Old Testament reading. It’s a common question, in and out of Scripture. And it usually is asked with accusation and anger, tears and rage.   Who is a God like You, – Allowing war and bloodshed? – Seeing Your creation sick and dying, doing nothing? – Sitting idly, as children perish in their mother’s womb? – A Creator of creatures whose minds are diseased & bodies broken? – Why, O Lord, do You not act? Why do You not answer?   His answer, for now, is what is recorded in the Gospels. He says, “You, My child, are My lost coin. I have searched for you amid the dust…

Easter freedom

Posted on April 3rd, 2013

Great thought for Easter Wednesday from Russell Moore: In the long run we’re all dead, and in the longer run we’re all raised from the dead. There’s a freedom that comes from seeing that. -Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

Jeering, hitting, and abusing the deposed tyrant

Posted on April 2nd, 2013

Now that the Savior has raised His body, death is no longer terrible, but all those who believe in Christ tread it underfoot as nothing, and prefer to die rather than to deny their faith in Christ, knowing full well that when they die they do not perish, but live indeed, and become incorruptible through the resurrection…. Death has become like a tyrant who has become completely conquered by the legitimate monarch; bound hand and foot as he know is, the passers-by jeer at him, hitting him and abusing him, no longer afraid of his cruelty and rage, because of the king who has conquered him. So has death been conquered and branded for what it is by the Saviour on the cross. St…

Corruption has been banished

Posted on April 1st, 2013

Now that the common Saviour of all has died on our behalf, we who believe in Christ no longer die, as men died afore time, in fulfillment of the threat of the law. That condemnation has come to an end; and now that, by the grace of the resurrection, corruption has been banished and done away, we are loosed from our mortal bodies in God’s good time for each, so that we may obtain a better resurrection. Like seeds cast into the earth, we do not perish in our dissolution, but like them shall rise again, death having been brought to nought by the grace of the Saviour. St Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Sermo Dei: Ash Wednesday Matins

Posted on February 13th, 2013

The ashes are not a Sacrament, nor are they a game.   A Sacrament is an earthly thing that God attaches to His Word of promise to give us His gifts. Baptism is a Sacrament, because there is an earthly thing—water—and there is His Word joined to it: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FAther and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The promises are all over the place. Jesus says, “Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved.” St. Peter says, “Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit; for the promise is for you and your…

Faith to confront grave matters

Posted on February 13th, 2013

God has not bequeathed us the gift of faith to deal with trivial things but rather to confront grave matters such as: Death, sin, the world and the Devil. For the world is not capable of resisting Death, but, instead, the world is terrified and runs away from Death, but is in the end defeated by him. But faith remains steadfast and resists Death who devours the whole world. Faith gains the victory over Death and then swallow up this insatiable devourer of life. Martin Luther, taken from Luther Brevier, p59

Starving to get to the Father’s table

Posted on December 31st, 2012

In order to get to the Father’s table, we must end the grip that death has on us by teaching us to crave more and more of what cannot satisfy. We must starve to death. Russell Moore, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

The Temple, source of life

Posted on December 21st, 2012

From Matthew Levering’s book Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian: Israel’s Temple [is like] as a new Eden. [Jon] Levenson observes that “death is as alien to the Temple, indeed, as repugnant to the Temple, as it is to Eden.” This is so because of the opposition between holiness and death. God’s activity in and through the Temple is life-giving, not death-dealing. If this is so of the Jerusalem Temple, how much more its antitype, the Temple which is the body of our Lord JESUS Christ?

In Christianity, no optimistic encouragements are possible

Posted on December 11th, 2012

The final farewell is given in the words of John 3:7 spoken to Nicodemus who came seeking wisdom: “You must be born anew.” We have arrived at that point now. No repairs, no improvements, no optimistic encouragements are possible. Just straight talk: “You must be born anew.” But like Nicodemus we ask how that can be. Now all possibility is truly cut off. The theologian of glory, of course, will suggest one last stratagem: turn even that into something to do—perhaps crawling back into the womb to come out again. But therewith the insistence on doing something has at last turned into a cynical reductio ad absurdum. The theologian of glory has at last come up against something that can’t be done! So Luther’s…