“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:54-57).”
What makes you cry? When you answer this question it will help you learn what you care about. Some people cry at weddings. They are moved either by the beauty of it, or if they are the parents, perhaps because they see their children whom they love take a big step in their lives. Some people cry at funerals, grieving the loss of a loved one. They are weeping over the permanent separation from that person in this life. I don’t cry much, but I do at times get choked up if I think about a loved one dying.
Jesus was no stranger to death. He had a friend named Lazarus who passed away. Jesus loved this man and his two sisters Martha and Mary. When Jesus met up with the two women and thought of Lazarus, he had a normal human reaction. He wept (John 11:35). He had plans to resurrect Lazarus, but even so the darkness and sadness of death and its effect on his loved ones was difficult for Him to bear.
Perhaps what also makes death so hard to take is we know deep in our hearts how shameful it is. It is the result of our sinful condition, which began with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Sin made us weak and dishonorable (I Corinthians 15:43), whereas we were created to be honored sons and daughters of God. When we weep at someone’s death, we are mourning what was lost to us as human beings.
Because of the work of Jesus in dying on our behalf and paying for our sins, the final effects of sin have been negated. Our bodies still have to die, and we have to leave this life. But it is the first step to glory, power and eternal life .
We may still weep over the loss of loves ones. That’s only natural. But at least we don’t have to cry over the shamefulness of death. It’s been taken away.