Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Her about Jesus?

Norbert Lieth

A terminally ill girl hoped for eternal life through being frozen after her death. Her desire shows how important the message of the resurrection is for the Christian faith.

The news was a sensation in international circles. A British teenager arranged for her body to be frozen after her death, in the hope of coming back to life when a suitable method of treatment for her disease had been found. Her father was against it but she went to court, which decided in favor of the girl.

In a letter she wrote, “I am only 14 years old and I don’t want to die, but I know that I’m going to die. I believe that conservation through freezing will give me the chance of being healed and woken up again. Even if this is in a hundred years’ time, I want the chance. This is my wish.”

Barbara Reye commented on this for a Swiss newspaper, “Whether a frozen body can ever be supplied with blood is very uncertain at the moment.” “We cannot even freeze organs for a short time,” said the physician Franz Immer from Swiss Transplant. “Even to awaken a frozen brain is at the moment completely utopic. A whole body is almost science fiction…and yet many people long for eternal life and want to make such a journey in time to uncertainty.”

Did no one tell her that we can already have eternal life, that death is not the last stop but the resurrection? That after Friday comes Sunday? Was there nobody there to tell her that the Lord Jesus in His resurrection achieved eternal life for all those who believe in Him?

It says in the Bible that Jesus is the “firstfruits of them that slept” and never died again. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20). The word “firstfruits” originally referred to the first bringing in of the harvest, the firstfruits offering. This was followed by a main harvest in the same field, and sometimes an “after harvest”; the whole harvest came into the same storehouse.

Jesus Christ rose from the dead as the first of those who sleep. This term makes it clear that the resurrection of Christ is not something over and done with, but that it is spreading to those who are in Christ. The whole is a part of the first and belongs to the same harvest. The resurrection of the Lord brings this after Him. The resurrection of Jesus Christ comprises, therefore, the resurrection of all who believe in Him.

“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead…But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming” (1 Corinthians 15:21, 23).

The resurrection of Jesus is the divine guarantee of the resurrection to eternal life. Just as a main harvest followed the firstfruits and belonged to it, so it is also with the resurrection. Between the Garden of Eden—where death entered on account of the sin of the first people—and the garden of heaven for the redeemed, lies the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus achieved obedience, and the garden of His grave from which He arose.

Freezing the body and thawing it out again is an extremely doubtful matter. Even if it were possible, however, man would ultimately succumb to death. Only the resurrection of Jesus is sure and the guarantee of the resurrection of those who are in Him.

Last year we celebrated the 500th year of Martin Luther and the Reformation. On Luther’s coat of arms stands a Latin word containing 5 letters: VIVIT, which means, “He is alive.” This can be the hope of every person: “Jesus is alive and I with Him.” With this assurance we can also go through hard times, even when we are faced with death. We are not looking into an ice-cold tube, but through death to Jesus, who is alive. The message of the resurrection is a living hope and must be proclaimed.

Midnight Call - 04/2018

ContactAbout UsPrivacy and Safety