Acts 13:36-37…”Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.” Paul preached the gospel in Antioch. In these verses, he points out one particular difference between all of us and Christ; that our bodies decay after we die, but Christ’s body did not. He is the first fruits of the resurrection from the dead, and if we’re His followers we will receive new, redeemed bodies in heaven. Our heavenly bodies will never decay, and will be without sickness and sin. In this life though, our bodies are moving toward death as we age as a result of the fall of man. We know this from Romans 5:12..”Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”
Jonathan Edwards contemplated life from the perspective of his death quite often. Here are two of his resolutions:
1) Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.
2) Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.
This may sound quite morbid to American ears, unaccustomed as we are to ponder death regularly. But, considering one’s death is wonderfully clarifying. It puts trivialities into perspective, along with our fears and foolish idolatries. It clarifies what’s truly important.