Every now and then someone comes along who looms as a larger than life figure. Given the waves that have been created by Steve Jobs before and still after his death, he was such a figure. But not really, because he’s no longer around, albeit that his legacy will live on. But not really, because expected lifespan in the computer world is not very long, and it may not be far hence before his innovations will become obsolete.
Under a decade ago Jobs expressed a desire to live on for a few decades yet. With his multiple medical operations he certainly tried to, but alas he lost the battle. We all lose that battle at some stage. Is that it? Is that all that life consists of; you come on stage for an undetermined, unguaranteed period, and by the time you figure out the secret to leading a fruitful life, puff – you’re out? Is that it? Is that really it?
If that is it, then it’s not enough. Because even if there is a legacy left behind, those who inherit it, will die too, and those after them, and those after them, and…. And where does it stop, where does it begin to make sense, this thing called life?
Life is hard. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Even Christians who enjoy a good relationship with Christ are subjected to so much hardship that if there were no prospect of life after their stint is completed here it would be hardly be worth it – in the grand scheme of things. Death is an enemy to life, to achievements, to learning, to innovations, to growth, to development, to us all. It makes a mockery of our dreams and aspirations. It teases with the prospect of beating it, but alas it strikes with a benumbing finality – just when you were getting it right.
Ah, but there is good news: Paul wasn’t saying that he was miserable, he was rather glorying in the confidence he eloquently articulates in 2 Tim. 4:7, 8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
Every time a bright spark like a Steve Jobs goes out, I’m reminded that death is a cheat, a major anticlimax, a common enemy for all of us to beat. Thank God for Jesus Christ who came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Amazingly, through His death for us He is able, once again, to share His life with us. He tells us that He is the resurrection and life and that anyone who believes in Him will live after death. What is your after-death plan? There’s room aplenty at the foot of the cross.