Posted by: powellsinsantacruz | April 3, 2013

Death swallowed up

Easter is all about new life. Well, and Easter eggs. And the Easter Bunny. Chloe met him at school last week- she gave him a carrot and he gave her a sizeable number of Bolivian Easter eggs. Given my opinion of the quality of Bolivian chocolate, I’m not sure who did better on the deal.

However Easter is also about death. Horrific, painful, unjust death. Our Easter here has also been overshadowed by death. Susanna, one of the members of our Church, died last Tuesday. She died of a heart attack after suffering heart problems for some time. One of the sad things is that she died while waiting for tests in preparation for an operation to help her heart issues. Susanna’s family have been part of the Church since it started- in the early days the Church met in Margarita’s (Susanna’s Mum) house. Susanna has a beautiful daughter called Cati who has now lost both her parents within the last six months or so. She is part of the adolescents group that we lead at Church.

In Bolivia the funeral and burial are done as soon as possible, usually the next day. On Tuesday afternoon we went to see Susanna’s family at a wake they held in Margarita’s house. Susanna’s body was there in a casket which enabled you to see her face. It was the first dead body I have ever seen. It was Susanna, but not.  Her body was there but she wasn’t. We went to be with the family, with nothing to offer or say.

On Easter Sunday David spoke about Susanna and her death. But he also spoke about Jesus and His death. And His resurrection from 1 Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 15 says that the body that is sown- that dies- is sown perishable, in dishonour, in weakness, a natural body. But that it is raised imperishable, in glory, in power, a spiritual body. Susanna died in weakness, but because of Jesus, and because she trusted in Him, we can have real hope that she will be raised in glory.

That is real hope. It makes all the difference. Because of Jesus, death will be swallowed up in victory. People still die now- Susanna died- it is really hard, especially for her family. Yet Jesus defeated death.

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