The post-pandemic lessons of death
We all deserve to die. Time to act like it.
What are the lessons you should learn from death?
Someone dies of COVID. Is the lesson to never distrust the health authorities?
Someone dies of a "coincidence." Is the lesson to always distrust them?
Those are important matters, but secondary.
There were some present at that very time who told [Jesus] about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” — Luke 13:1-5
First lesson is to remember your own mortality. You, too, will die someday, and people will draw conclusions from your death.
Recognize that the root reason you will die is not a virus or medical malpractice, but because of your own sin before a holy and righteous God. You deserve to die. And so do I.
But the second lesson is to repent. The Gospel is good news that tells us that Jesus, the only Man who did not deserve to die, took on your death in your place. And since He is also fully God, that death is capable of covering the sins of all who repent.
So, repent of believing that you don't deserve to die. Believe in the awe-inspiring death and resurrection of Jesus that takes away your sins.
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