“In life with Jesus Christ, death as a general fate approaching us from without is confronted by death from within, one’s own death, the free death of daily dying with Jesus Christ. Those who live with Christ die daily to their own will. Christ in us gives us over to death so that he can live within us. Thus our inner dying grows to meet that death from without. Christians receive their own death in this way and in this way our physical death very truly becomes not the end but rather the fulfillment of our life with Jesus Christ. Here we enter into community with the One who at his own death was able to say, ‘It is finished.’” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,
so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 2:10
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- “Christ in us gives us over to death (crucifixion) so that he can live (resurrection) within us.” What has this meant in your life?
- These mini-deaths are “free” in that we choose them or submit to them. Have you been able choose to receive these kinds of difficult losses and trials as Christ’s “gift?”
- “Our inner dying grows to meet that death from without.” When you consider this, how does it affect your feelings about your own death?
- Take a few moments to think about your physical death becoming “not the end but rather the fulfillment of [your] life with Jesus Christ.” Sit with that in quietness. What emotions arise from that?
Abba, the experience of death from within is both painful and frightening. Even so, I want to embrace the “deaths” you send into my life so that Jesus will live more fully in me. Please help me “die to my own will” as I submit to your will for me when it comes to this “daily dying with Jesus Christ.”
For More: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
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