Today's Reading: Introit for Easter 7
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1, from the Introit for Easter 7)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. You're going to die. It may not feel like it now, but you're going to die. Whether it's cancer or some other disease, or a car crash, a sports accident, or just plain old age, the outcome for you is the same: death.
So, your heart's going to stop. What of it? So did Jesus' heart. Yeah, you're going to breathe your last. So, what? Jesus did, too. You're going to get put into a casket and buried in the ground. No worries! Jesus was stone cold dead and buried. One day, that's all going to get undone. How do you know? Jesus!
Jesus is your Light and your salvation. There's nothing to fear--not even death! Jesus died, and what's more, He came back to life. He woke Himself up from death just like your alarm wakes you up in the morning. The Lord Jesus is the strength of your life that will endure beyond the grave, in spite of the grave. You'll come back to life, too. Jesus promises that.
He's delivered that promise to you again and again and again. He baptized you into His death and resurrection. Now, death for you is brief, just like a nap. You've already died and risen with Christ. He's given you the promise that whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life, and He will raise you up on the Last Day. You've heard your pastor say it again and again: Jesus died; Jesus rose. You'll rise, too. The preaching, the Scriptures, and the Absolution say so!
Yeah, death stinks. We don't want to die. But you've already died and risen, just like Jesus has. One day your heart will run out, but Jesus is alive and well. He'll bring you to Himself, and one day this body will come back to life. Jesus will do it. How can He not? He rose from the dead, and He's the strength of your life now and forever. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave And at death no longer tremble; He, the Lord, who came to save Will at last His own assemble. They will go their Lord to meet, Treading death beneath their feet. (Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense, LSB 741:7)