Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 8th, 2017
You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
Psalm 16:10 (NIV)
Not Abandoned to Death
In the Psalms there are many verses speaking long before about the work of Jesus when He would come to give His life as our Saviour. This promise was wonderfully fulfilled when Jesus was raised from the dead and came out of that empty tomb. Your Lord has power to keep His word!
Uranium City, Saskatchewan isn’t abandoned, but it isn’t far from that. Birthed in 1952, three years after radioactive materials were discovered around nearby Lake Athabasca, the community was, by 1982, a bustling town of almost 5,000. This is the population needed in Saskatchewan to achieve city status. But on June 30 of that year, the mines closed and almost immediately the residents left town. It has recently been described as “a haunting reminder of the flourishing community it once was.” But just so you don’t think this is a ghost town, the 202 people that remain living in Uranium City are committed to keeping their community alive. It isn’t an easy task. The only way to get to Uranium City is by air, or on the winter road that connects the town to Fond du Lac.
There are some Old Testament heroes who seemed to have a greater revelation than others about the coming Messiah and the impact He would have on the entire world. King David was one such hero. The Psalms are filled with Messianic vision that were brought to fruition in the life of Jesus. One such example is Psalm 16:10: “You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.” In King David’s day there wasn’t yet a solid understanding of eternity. There was a sense of Hades as the place of the dead, but it wasn’t until Jesus’ coming that the fullness of eternal life was revealed. Even in Jesus’ day, the Sadducees didn’t believe in life after death. So David’s statement here is obviously Messianic and was fulfilled by Jesus when after three days in the tomb, He burst forth with resurrection power. God did not abandon His Son to the realm of the dead, as David understood it. Decay had not started on Jesus’ body when He rose. The physical resurrection of Jesus is a vital part of the Christian faith. It was not a ghost that burst forth from the tomb. There was no body when His followers peeked inside. It was Jesus, fully human, with His resurrection body that came forth that day. And that will be the experience of all of us who have become His children by faith.
These have been words from the heart.