Janice Boekhoff
 

We are all born to die.

Too often, death is far from my mind. I worry about teacher gifts, basketball games and school lunches. As I go about my day, blissfully unaware, death stalks me. Will it be today? Thirty years from now? Next week?

Some deaths just happen, the result of a body wearing out. Isn’t that how we all want to go? And other deaths are tragically sudden: a car accident, a shooting, a drowning.

Then, there are those deaths I can’t understand. The lives given up simply because that person has given up. A rash of suicides in our area has caused me to think deeply about why. What is the reason someone would cut their life short? Why don’t they think they their life has purpose?

And that’s just it. We always want to know the purpose of our lives.

Does my life count? Why am I here?

Does it even matter? Or am I just trying to get as comfortable as possible, while waiting to die?

But some lives are given for a purpose: a solider diving in front of the man next to him, a policeman shot by a suspect, a missionary worker tending to the sick now destined to die of the same disease.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

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This is the example Jesus gave. He was born to die just like us. Not a noble death, crucifixion is completely undignified, but a death that served the highest purpose.

Jesus died so we could live.

He didn’t just give His life for one or two people, He died for us all. In his death, He showed the greatest level of love possible. He took my sins, the debt I owe to God, and paid it in full. He wiped out the negative balance on my account. I can approach God because of what Jesus did.

Like us, Jesus was born to die, but He didn’t stay that way. He conquered death to show us the way to everlasting life.

The way is Jesus.

Dear Lord, help me to remember every day what an amazing act of sacrifice You displayed on the cross. Your death gave all of us the chance to draw close to You. And when I die, as we all will, let me spend eternity praising You for what You’ve done. In Jesus’s name, amen.

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