Sunday Citation

“We are kidding ourselves when we romanticize death as the climax of a life well lived. It is an enemy. It cuts us off from all the wonderful pleasures of this world. We call death sweet names only as the lesser of evils. The executioner that delivers the coup de grace in our suffering is not the fulfillment of longing, but the end of hope. The longing of the human heart is to live…Eternal life is not merely the extension of this life with its mix of pain and pleasure. As hell is the worst outcome of this life, so ‘eternal life’ is the best. It is the supreme and ever-increasing happiness where all sin and sadness will be gone. All that is evil and harmful in this fallen creation will be removed. All that is good will be preserved and purified and intensified…For those in Christ, we will see the all-satisfying glory of God. ‘This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3). For this Christ suffered and died.”

-John Piper in 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die (2006), p. 57

One thought on “Sunday Citation

  1. ahhhh i get it. he is talking about unbelievers romanticizing death… not Christians. I was so confused all day by this quote. I missed the "life well lived" part and only saw the "we" which he later uses to describe "those in Christ"… so which is it John?? just kidding… one real question… what does it mean to be in Christ?

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