Before the Perfect Life Swallow Us

At the recent death of my close friend, Prof. Dr. Yvonne Marjorie Salmon, a Messianic Jew, born and bred in Singapore, one who had blessed the nation tremendously as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and served at the world‘s largest maternity hospital for 44 years and brought many lives into this world besides being a professor who had influenced and impacted many lives, I was once again reminded that as Christians, at death we are swallowed by Life itself. The Perfect Life is the life above, it’s the eternal life, and it’s the life that Christ came to deliver to us! 2 Corinthians 5: 1-5 says:

“For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. [2] For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, [3] if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. [4] For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. [5] He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.”

This morbid thought about death came to mind largely because of the pandemic when more than a million have perished and millions upon millions have been infected with Covid-19. Death seems to be lurking everywhere and no one knows where or when he or she will be its next victim.  It is precisely in times like these that we need to go back to our origin. We were blessed with life when the Spirit of God breathed the breathe of life into the first human being. Since then, every human being has been blessed with life. Death came because of the fall of man and woman into sin. However, 2,000 years ago, the Son of God came to bring life. He came as the perfect physical life--life at its best, lived in the presence of the Almighty, a life of submission to God--loving, giving, serving.  He also came to give eternal life. That’s what Christmas is about-God coming in the person of Jesus Christ to deliver life, a life more abundant and free. This is Christmas! This is why we have love, faith and hope!

As long as we live on planet earth, we will be mortals, but in Christ, we have been given the immortal through His death, burial and resurrection and the righteousness He imparts to those who put their trust in Him. Thus between birth and the time the perfect life swallows us, let us live and enjoy this gift of eternal life and be preachers and perpetuators of this life which is truly life indeed. Live it, Love it and Share it! There’s no better time than the birthday of the Prince of Peace, the Giver of Eternal Life!

Rev. Edwin Lam
President, APBF