DayBreaks for 3/31/16 – Snuggling Up to the Old Man
In rural China, the black market for female corpses—even already-buried corpses–thrives still (as mentioned years ago by News of the Weird). According to legend dating back 30 centuries, men who die as bachelors will spend eternity alone, and thus their families arrange “ghost weddings,” in which a corpse (presumably, freshly buried) is stolen and relocated alongside the man. (Perhaps more important to the surviving family is the other part of the legend–that any bachelor corpse will “return” to haunt the family.) [Daily Telegraph (London), 2-27-2016, News of the Weird blog]
Let’s face it: no one wants to face eternity alone, but this is pushing it a bit too much. Would you want to be “married” to a dead corpse?
Yet…doesn’t that sort of describe our fascination with the “old man” with its sinfulness? There is something about humans that attracts us to sin. Paul says it is our fleshly nature. But he also says that we have died to those things if we are disciples. That doesn’t mean, obviously, that such things no longer call out to us and that the allure of certain sins don’t still pull on us.
We are dead to the eternal consequences of those sins for we have accepted Christ’s work as being perfect and more than adequate to pay for our sinfulness. But how it still calls to us from time to time!
Would you want to be married to a dead corpse? Me neither. It just doesn’t sound attractive at all. And yet I need to realize that every time I yield to those old temptations it’s like snuggling up to a dead corpse…with all that such a thing implies. Not a pretty picture, is it?
Colossians 3:5 (ESV) -Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Romans 8:13 (ESV) – For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Romans 7:5-6 (ESV) – For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
TODAY’S PRAYER: God, if there is one thing I’ve learned in my decades on this planet it is this: that I cannot overcome temptation on my own. I need you, we need you. Do your work in our hearts and minds and let us long to be part of the pure and spotless bride in the great day of Your revealing! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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