Death. Jesus came to destroy it with his death.

It is known that we think little about death. We also witness that when we know that our relative is lying on his deathbed, the doctor gives up and science does not help, there are also cases where we deceive ourselves and those who should prepare to meet God as believers. However, our faith teaches us that our coming into the world was not an accident and that the end, the death of a person, is not a definitive end, but a transition to a new life.

To the Jews who did not want to accept the teachings of Christ, when Jesus knew that the fulfillment of his mission on earth was near, he said: “You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world” (Jn 8:23). From the events, the words of the Lord Jesus, it is known that the Jews cannot accept and understand two things: they do not know where Jesus comes from and where he is returning. This they do not understand, even though he keeps telling them that he came from the Father and is returning to him again. Jesus knows that his departure to the Father will be accomplished by his death and suffering. It seems that this departure of his is understood by the Jews as the death of suicide and they, on this path of his, they do not want and cannot follow, but whoever wants to really follow, find and understand the Lord Jesus must believe that his death is the ransom price for the world.This means that when Jesus is lifted on the cross, he will be able to heal and heal all people who are bitten by the sin of the serpent. With the help of faith, people can understand that Jesus is the Son of God, who by his death on the cross reconciled the Father for our sins, and thus showed us the way to his Father, that is, he became a “way” for us.

For us believers, these words are not a path to pessimism and hopelessness, but on the contrary, they are hope and optimism for us. A person of faith, even if it is difficult when saying goodbye to his loved ones at the moment of death, knows that it is not the final end, and therefore we must not take death tragically. Remembrance of her is not the reason for us to break in our attitude. Lord Jesus is our model and example. We see that for Jesus, his death by going to the Father was a victorious ending of life.

It is necessary for us believers to adopt this attitude of Jesus and learn to live with the thought of death. It is wonderful when a person does not have to fear that death can meet him anywhere and at any moment, that he is always ready to appear before this Christ in whom he believed, according to whose words he tried to live and whose reward he hoped and believed. It is amazingly beautiful and valuable to live in the presence of God and to be able to accept his will, be it at midnight or in the morning.

For us, today’s Gospel is a lesson that the suffering and death predicted by Jesus are a guarantee of new life. Michael Quist in the poetry collection Your eyes writes in the poem “Lord, I don’t have time…” and after recognizing the meaning and value of Jesus’ words, he exclaims in the end: “Lord, I already have time!” This should find a response We should not only realize that we have to find time, but we should also say to Jesus more often: “Lord, I already have time!

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