This past two weeks was pretty rough: 22 innocent victims in Manchester (including young girls), Roger Moore, a gentleman and actor who brought joy to millions, a grade 7 local school pupil who suffered a fatal accident at school that caused shock, 29 Christians murdered by jihadists in Egypt, 90 ordinary people going about their lives in Kabul.
I read with bemusement a report this week about some clever guys trying to hack aging to give people eternal life, although one would imagine only the rich would be afforded the luxury..’tis the way of the world.
And it then occurred to me that this was a pointless exercise in trying to crack or hack the aging code. Scripture provides a glimpse, through the eyes of St John, of the Christ:
“17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1, NIV).
He holds the keys. He has the authority to use them and one day he will. Aging and death are under his authority and if this doctor in the report knew that he would turn his life’s pursuit in another direction. There are plenty of worthwhile avenues for the study of how to mitigate disease and suffering.
Of great comfort to me is that Christ has full authority and won’t ask me to pony up a few million bucks in a vain hope of plastering over the weaknesses in an aging body but that He will one day provide me with a new body, with 20/20 vision, rippling muscles and hopefully a full beard.