Facing Mortality

We face our mortality every time we look in the mirror.

A body made of dirt. A soul made by the hands of God. It’s easy to confuse the two; at least it’s easier to see one before the other.

We can eat right, exercise, wear sunscreen, stretch in the morning, brush our teeth everyday and even floss and the results eventually lead to the same inevitable conclusion.

But was this body ever made to always last?

I think I remember reading something about two trees in the garden. One was for knowledge of opposing mindsets and the other for something called life (Genesis 2:9). Even in a sinless state the body still needed something “extra” to keep the dirt from breaking down.

There can be great pain when we face our mortality. But does there always have to be?

In the face of mortality we can look for and see the face of immortality.

In the face of mortality we can look for and see the face of the one who not only faced his fleshly mortality, he stared it down and he conquered it!

Young, old, male, female, rich, poor, educated, ignorant, red, yellow, black or white – we all face the same thing everyday and one day we will all see the same one who sees us.

But will our mortality be ready for the immortality to come?

in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:52-58)