I now am of an age where a substantial number of those who have had a big part of my life are no longer around. I was looking through my Mum’s old photos recently and seeing how so many had passed away and were thereby no longer a part of my life. As I considered these photos I became somewhat angry. Should I be angry? Here are people taken away out of life when they were in the midst of life. Is it reasonable to be angry about that?
It is reasonable to be angry at death because death is an unwelcome intruder upon God’s creation. In the beginning there was no death. Having completed creation with all its life and beauty God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Gen. 1:31a). There was no death. So where did death come from? Death came as a response to the sin of man. In Romans 6:12 we note Paul’s analysis of what caused death to enter. Paul says Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Death is an unwelcome alien which has entered because God punishes sin with death. So to see life taken away should stir some anger within us. We should be angry because sin has led to this alien ugly vile thing, which is death, entering our experience.
But thanks be to God that there is life through Jesus Christ our Lord who died our death. So on account of Jesus we triumphantly can cry:
‘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. (1 Cor. 15:55-57)