08 Not dead, only asleep - Christopher Mendonca

posted Mar 22, 2018, 7:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 7:16 AM ]

The Experience of Luke (a first-person account)

As one who belonged to the medical profession,

I had a special interest in death.

As a believer, however, I began to see more and more

its significance as an event in LIFE itself.

It was triggered by Jesus raising Jairus’ daughter

and His friend Lazarus from the dead.

The death of my patients occurred with a frequency

that often left me cold and immune,

part of the inevitability we must learn to accept with stoic indifference.

How I smiled as I inwardly knew

that Jairus had sent for Jesus since his daughter was dying.

He was in no hurry to reach there;

when He did, He simply assured them

that she wasn’t dead, but only asleep.1