I had my routine scheduled dental visit this week and I always approach those appointments with a certain amount of dread. A cavity, drilling, filling, extraction and crowns are often enough in my history so that I have to kind of brace for bad news. Getting my teeth cleaned is not so bad, but before I go, I think about the big question that I’m going to be asked: “Do you floss?” Of course, I should floss, everyone knows that for the best dental health – it’s a no-brainer. Since I have not been flossing, I am always tempted to lie, because I don’t want the dental hygienist to think that I have not taken her wise admonitions (“you should floss!”) lightly. I know that I could not get away with such a lie… because I’m pretty sure that she can tell that I am lying by looking at my teeth. I have great respect for my dental hygienist because I truly believe that she probably knows much about my life by just by observing my teeth. If this is true, then her ability approaches the divine and is a solemn reminder of God’s own absolute knowledge of my inner life. (I used to floss about every week (not enough!) … but now I’m out of the habit… and I blame my dentist. Up until a couple of years ago, I very often got food stuck between my teeth that could only be removed by flossing—so I flossed pretty regularly. But then the dentist did some work on one of those teeth and now I never really have that problem… so I’ve lost my “trigger” to floss – and it’s the dentist’s fault.)
So! you say, “WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?”
Well nothing, except that before I digressed, I was speaking of cavities and drillings and fillings. Our Bible tells us that after Jesus died on the cross that he was buried in a tomb – which is described as a room that had been hewn out of a solid rock- a large cavity, into which His body was therein laid… and then the doorway filled by a huge stone. We tend to think of tombs as fairly permanent, but this was just a “borrowed tomb” because Jesus only used it for 3 days and then He was extracted... that is God raised Jesus from the dead!
AND THAT DEAR FRIEND IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE AND CALL EASTER!
It’s this time of the year where everywhere about us SPRINGS-- LIFE FROM DEATH!
And do not forget that soon thereafter our Savior ascended up into heaven and a crown was given to Him (Rev 6:2), a golden crown (Rev 14:14)… and we too shall receive a crown of life that should never be taken away from us (Rev 3:11)… excepting that we shall all most likely join the elders in casting all our crowns before his throne… and sing a new song of blessing and honor and praise to the Lord, the Lamb of God (Rev 4:10-11, 5:11-14.
UNTIL THEN WE SHALL SING SOME OF OUR EARTHLY SONGS… LIKE:
Crown him with many crowns,
the Lamb upon his throne.
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.
Brush your teeth and I’ll see you Easter Sunday! Charlie