He was no longer breathing, but the monitor showed a pulse. The nurse said Dad was picking up Mom’s heartbeat through Mom’s hand. And we thought, “Oh my gosh, Mom’s heart is beating through him... Mom died exactly an hour later.” — Christina Ng, ABC News, Oct 19, 2011
There are more than a handful of stories from around the world that tell of couples who were married for decades and died within hours of each other. Their lives were so entangled that death could not separate them.
The children of these couples are struck with wonder as they consider the death of their parents evidence that neither could live without the other. Their death became one last act of love.
The Christian life is exactly this… well, except in reverse.
At that moment of faith, when our fuzzy understanding of Jesus becomes hi-def and we decide we are all in, we are saved. We identify with Jesus as our Savior. In fact, through His Spirit, we identify with Him so strongly that we die with Him. We are crucified with Christ and live by Christ. Our lives become entangled – no, more than entangled. His life becomes our life.
It’s the greatest love story ever told. It’s tighter than tight. And it all starts with death.
Paul writes so that all will understand: Identifying with Christ isn’t part of the Christian life. It is the Christian life.
Lord, death can be terrifying until I realize that, with You, it brings life. Thank You for taking something shrouded in darkness and uncertainty and making it the entry to light and life. Lead the way through death so that Christ lives in me. Amen.
Listen to Pete, Jill & Stuart Briscoe on the Telling the Truth broadcast at OnePlace.com
To thank you for helping even more listeners experience Life in Jesus Christ, we want to send you a CD copy of Jill’s message, Weathering the Storms of Life. Its encouraging teaching reminds you God is in control and has a plan for your life – no matter what suffering comes your way. So please request your copy of Weathering the Storms of Life as our thanks for your gift below, which will be doubled by the $100,000 Matching Grant. God bless you for your generosity!