For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. – II Corinthians 5:4
Mortality is a heavy burden to bear when we know that something much greater awaits us. But can you imagine how much greater the burden is for those who do not know Christ? How lost must they be who have no hope of a heavenly body–what Paul calls “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (v.1)–and so struggle daily with just getting by! They think they have life, but they are hard-pressed to see it. We who live in Christ might say the unsaved have only a semblance of life, that they are indeed winding down to the end of their “mortal coil,” that the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” weigh them down unnecessarily, so that they have every right to wonder whether to be or not to be. (Thank you, Shakespeare, for the poetry.)
But Paul assures believers that this mortality is about to be swallowed up not by death but by life! The hope in Christ is not just getting by, and we know that when we love God and are called by Him according to His purposes, then even outrageous fortune works to our good.
Revival in Christ is life, and it means that even this troubling mortality under which we groan day after day shall be swallowed up by glorious life. And we have the Holy Spirit to seal that promise until the day it is accomplished. Let us therefore proclaim that life, rejoice in it, share it. Let us call out to those shuffling through their daily mortality, and share with them the great message of glorious and someday trouble-free IMMORTALITY in Christ Jesus our Lord.