But why is there discontent toward the finitude of time?
Well, we were not created to be bound by time, but for eternity. God placed eternity inside of us. That is why death causes such bitterness. We were created to live
The fall of man and sin made us subjected to time’s limitation and death.
However, Christ delivered us from death through His and granted us eternal life through His resurrection.
When we face great fear from the mysteries of our finitude and the incomprehension of what is to come, let us remember what the Word assures us.
Our true life is hidden in Christ and shall be manifested with Him in glory. There is no death to us. We have the hope of resurrection and eternal life, when the world will acknowledge that we are God’s children and will glorify His name.
Thus, even in laments for a dear one, we find comfort and are convicted that we’ll be together, with no limitation from time, without this corruptible body, to glorify, praise and enjoy eternally our Beloved Lord.
Recall that we are in the church because God decided to transform us through mutual edification. Let us, then, seize all opportunities to exhibit Christ to the brethren and receive more of Christ through them.
Especially for us, who are young, we should seek to learn with those who live their “gray” days. And when they are no longer be with us, our memory will bring forth the remembrance of all good that resulted from their lives, and we will imitate their faith.
Recently, we, from I Have Written to You, like many others reading this text, lost a beloved brother who led us for many years.
Ezra was our leader, but, above all, Christ’s servant. He poured himself out in favour of the Church’s edification and held nothing up. A simple man, accessible to all, ready to hear, receive and give advice, and exhort with wisdom.
He wasn’t a hero, nor had the intention of being one; rather, he was a witness of Christ expressed in the flesh of a weak, fragile and mortal human being, but consecrated to the Creator.
We had the opportunity to live with a brother who impacted the hearts of everyone around him as a servant leader who always reminded us of the attributes of the King of glory.
We keep with love the remembrances of his sincere smile, loose laugh, comforting hugs, iconic jokes, funny stories, unique imitations, tremendous simplicity, wise counselling… among many other things.
We live through this world like mist, but what is spiritual remains forever! Let us love the coming of Christ, and let us not apply our hearts in this world!
Even sad, we continue forward firmly looking to Christ. We have a race to finish, and like Ezra always encouraged us: the fire will not go out!
To the family, we leave our words of gratitude and love; may they be encouraged to endure.