“Jesus became a priest, not by meeting the physical requirement of belonging to the tribe of Levi, but by the power of a life that cannot be destroyed” (Hebrews 7:16, NLT).

One of my biggest disappointments as a child was learning we are all going to die. To be told this at the beginning of my wonderful adventure of life was not only a letdown, but completely eclipsed the smaller lessons about unfairness I had already encountered.

I still don’t like the inevitability of death, but I now have a hope for eternal life I didn’t have back then. This hope is not based on fairy tales or pie-in-the-sky thinking, and I don’t have any plans for cryogenic preservation. My hope is based on the life of Jesus: his life as God, his human life which he laid down for us and that was restored by his own mighty power and his resurrected life that can never be destroyed. My life is in him and his life will be in me forever, which is so much more than fair—it’s grace!