In a physical sense we are much like all other living creatures. We share much of the same DNA. In addition, some animals have a language, some use tools, and some even have social orders and live in families. All of the living creatures on earth experience illness and death. The feelings of loss and pain associated with death are exhibited by many others species as well.
Two of the things though that separates humanity from other creatures is our superior intellect and our reasoning ability. As time has evolved we have come to understand the intricacies of the human body and have sought means to extend life. To be alive is awesome and amazing so we fight to preserve life. Over time in our society the act of death has developed a fear and has become something to be avoided at almost all cost. For many there is a meaninglessness and an unknown to dying. For those without faith, there is a finality that has no hope and peace in death.
Jesus became incarnate so that ultimately He could experience suffering and death. This sounds so countercultural because it is. Yes, Jesus also come to put a human face and example on God’s great love for us. But in the end Jesus came to suffer and die in sacrificial love for us. He willingly bore the cross and the weight of our sins. Through His blood He paid the cost for us to have eternal life.
In Hebrews we are reminded that all of creation is subject to Jesus. Yet out of love for us He allowed Himself to the subject to death. For all who call on Jesus as Lord and Savior, we find grace and forgiveness. In Jesus we know that death does not have the final word. In Him rests our eternal hope and a peace that passes understanding in the midst of death. Jesus is our hope. Thank you Jesus.
Scripture reference: Hebrews 2: 5-12