The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
“Tragic British girl, 14, to be cryogenically frozen so she might live again after historic court victory”
That was the headline just a few weeks ago. It’s a sad story on so many levels. She has a rare form of cancer that there is no treatment for. On top of that, her divorced parents are haggling over who gets their way with her remains.
As if terminal illness isn’t enough to ruin your day. Let’s pile on with an argument over the disposal of your remains, as if that’s more important than the physical and emotional pain of your impending death.
Too young to have any legal rights, she sues in court for the right to be frozen until such time as medicine comes up with a cure for her.
Parents will sue each other, divorce each other, and argue over their children to the point of their children having to seek the protection of the judiciary so they can either live or die in peace.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
The thief, of course, is Satan, the ruler, the prince of this world. He sows selfishness and faithlessness all in the name of destruction. He’s the perfect model for this girl’s parents. Satan knows He can’t win over God, so his plan is to make God suffer by hurting and destroying as many of us as possible. Just out of spite, out of hatred toward God for not rolling over for his attempted coup, and out of hatred toward us. And the last for no other reason than sheer jealousy that God should prefer us over him.
Stealing, killing, and destroying isn’t just a sideline, a fun hobby of his. These are his mission so long as he’s allowed to hold sway on earth.
What’s sad is that we play along so easily. We steal, kill, and destroy in our relationships with relatives, friends, and strangers. And to what end? To have a happier, longer life. What irony! What exquisite, tortured irony! What won’t we do to have joy, peace, and eternal life?
Apparently, we just can’t bring ourselves to believe in God and accept all of that from Him.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly – Jesus