Read: PHILIPPIANS 1:21-26
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (v. 21, NIV).
How foolish to the world but how precious this truth is to the believer! The world declares that death is the ultimate loss, so it tries to market immortality. If I drink bone broth and put snail slime around my eyes, my wrinkles will disappear. Eat turmeric, take charcoal shots, do yoga with goats, breathe upside down for three minutes a day, and voila!
But Paul offers a different perspective. To die is… gain? Indeed! The disciple’s path to eternal life is not through grasping at the fountain of youth, but by the humble climb of Calvary’s hill. In death we have all of Christ to gain, including his resurrection and ascension.
I am reminded of Charles Wesley’s hymn “And Can It Be.” “Alive in him, my living Head, and clothed in righteousness divine, bold I approach the eternal throne, and claim the crown, through Christ my own” (The Covenant Hymnal, #306).
Jesus, in you we live and move and have our being. In you, we die and rise to eternal life. Praise your name. AMEN.