“But the One God raised up—no dust and ashes for him!” Acts 13:36
An August 29, a report on CBS news told about a funeral of a healer in Guinea, Africa, who died of the ebola virus. In the days and weeks following the event, the virus spread to over 1,200 victims. It appears that around a dozen mourners contracted the disease through a ritual of washing of their hands in a common bowl and then giving the deceased person a love-touch.
Scientists know the ebola virus is contracted through bodily fluids, but getting this information out and convincing the people to forgo this ritual and cremating the body has become a huge humanitarian venture. I understand rituals–it took attending a few memorial services for me to accept the concept of cremation.
When Jesus died, burial was handled as the custom dictated. However, in three days, Jesus defiled the burial plan and rose from his grave, leaving behind no body or ashes. Wouldn’t that be a great way to leave this earthly life?
Thank you, Lord, for setting the stage for our departure from earth! Amen.