“We usually think joy is found by running from the realities of death. The Preacher tells us the opposite.”

November 4, 2018

In one of his last sustained meditations on death, the Preacher forces us to deal with the reality of our own death: its certainty, its evil, its finality. And he does it to point us to the kind of joyful life that stops pretending we can be God and starts enjoying the gifts of God right in front of us. As the great humiliator, death reminds us that we are human and dependent on God for things we don’t deserve. This turns entitlement into gratitude for things as simple as a meal and our next breath. What’s more, it points us to the ultimate gift, Jesus Christ, who changes our relationship to death forever.

Application Questions

  1. Do you think you have reconciled yourself to the fact that you are going to die?  
  2. What are some ways that the realities of death tempt you to “madness of heart”? 
  3. How might the reality of death help you enjoy the gifts of God in your life? What are some things you could actively seek to enjoy today and tomorrow?
  4. How has Jesus changed what death means for us? How has that affected the way you live your life?

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Brian Colmery

Brian serves the church by overseeing preaching and Sunday morning services at Cornerstone.

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