“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (I Corinthians 15:55).
What are you going to have done with your body when you die? This is a question I’ve asked myself. Shockingly, dying is expensive; the average funeral costs the same as a used car. Now, I get the sentimentality, I really do, but I’d rather not make my loved ones foot that bill, so cremation is probably what I’ll go with—it just makes the most sense to me. The biggest reason is that whatever happens to this ever-deteriorating body doesn’t matter much to me; they may lay me down to rest, but I think of it more as a nap. (I realize this may all be morbid, but bear with me.) The simple truth of the matter is that when Jesus rose and took those steps out of the tomb, He conquered death—for good!
One of the questions that was brought to Paul in his teachings was, “What about those of us that have died?” Well, he gave a, “Don’t worry, we’ll catch up with them!” sort of reply (I Thessalonians 4). Simply put, the Lord is coming, and when He does, He will gather His believers—all of them, the living and the dead. This is perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring concepts in the Bible. To think—no matter what happens to our bodies—when the Lord returns, we will imitate Him and be resurrected.
Whenever I think how much Christ defanged death, I can’t help but wonder how I can be so distracted by all of my worries and cares; literally the biggest threat to my being has been resolved! Now, don’t take this all the wrong way; I may not be afraid of death as a concept, but the whole getting there still freaks me out. It’s easy to forget that many of our problems are inconsequential when compared to the fact that we have eternal security. Death has gone from being “The Great End” to just an inconvenient doorway.
Sometimes I consider what the world will be like after my time here has expired, which is why I think about funerals and costs. I’d rather not have a funeral altogether; if anything, I want them to throw a going away party. I understand that it is painful to see loved ones go, which is why I’d rather have them cheer each other up. I’ll see them later, and until they catch up, I’ll be in a much nicer place than a stuffy funeral home.