“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8 (NIV)
My daughter has asked me on more than one occasion, “How can God allow babies to die? What good can it bring?” Try explaining that one! I have a tendency to talk out my thoughts. So as I pondered this question, I relayed my own questions.
“Why do any of us die? At what age is it no longer a tragedy that someone dies? A 5 month old who hasn’t even really begun to live her life; a teenager who is just starting to come into her strengths and passions, excited to make her mark on this world; a young father who provides for his family and is a strong role model for his young boys; a mother who won’t see her daughter get married or hold her first grandchild; or the grandparent who has so much knowledge, insight and wisdom yet to share?”
Jesus was sent to this world to die. No, He didn’t die as a baby but that was His purpose. A baby sent to die. What good comes from a young man, only 33, dying at the height of His ministry? And not only dying, but dying for the very people who would sentence Him to death and nail Him to a cross. The very people, who after all these years continue to turn from His goodness, mock His righteousness and deny His deity.
Since the beginning, God has been covering our sin, giving us various ways to make right what we’ve done wrong. God is holy, His standards don’t change and yet we keep testing Him, pushing Him to lower His standards. Instead, He made one way for us to be right with Him.
Through faith in Jesus, we no longer need multiple coverings, sacrifices or offerings to recognize, acknowledge and turn from our selfish ways. We no longer go about our business until it’s time to fess up and make it right. We come to Him still broken sinners. He takes us in, accepts us, loves us and then makes us new.
Every life is precious regardless of age. Every life is but a moment in time. And while we have a purpose to serve during our lifetime, God can find purpose in death as well.
Something to Consider…
Death is not limited to the end of a life. The end of a marriage or career, a broken relationship or a poor diagnosis can all feel like life as come to a screeching stand still; stopped to exist as we know it. We don’t and often can’t understand what God is doing. We don’t see our lives the way He does. So the question comes down to, do we, can we, trust God even when we don’t understand?
Is there a situation in your life where you need to trust God completely because you can’t see how what you are going through can bring good? Choose to trust God so the peace that surpasses all understanding, His peace, can be yours today.