Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars,

might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that the Truth might be accused of false witness,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.

- Augustine of Hippo

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Angry At Death

In his book Scandalous, D.A. Carson gives us a good perspective on how the believer should think about death:
There is a school of thought in [some] Christian circles that almost views death so much as a blessing that you are not allowed to cry... So why do you feel angry?

The Bible is..brutally realistic.  It dares to recognize death as the last enemy.  Death is an enemy, and it can be a fierce one.  Death is not normal when you look at it from the vantage point of what God created in the first place.  It is normal this side of that fall, but that is not saying much.  It is an enemy.  It is ugly.  It destroys relationships.  It is to be feared.  It is repulsive.  There is something odious about death.  Never ever pretend otherwise. But death does not have the last word.  It is the last enemy, but more to be feared yet is the second death.  Thank God for a Savior who could claim, "I am the resurrection and the life." Thus when we come to grips with these things, there needs to be both outrage and pain on the one hand and trust and quiet confidence on the other. (emphases added)