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A natural resistance
Jan Gompper
by Jan Gompper
January 14, 2024

People who are approaching death sometimes have a surge of energy a day or two before they pass. They may be able to do things physically they had been incapable of doing or become alert and verbal when they were previously uncommunicative.  

I witnessed this with my own father. The afternoon before he was admitted into hospice (where he died a day later), he could no longer stand on his own. I slept on my parent’s sofa that night, and at 3:00 a.m., he walked into the kitchen, desiring a bowl of cereal.

Perhaps the “surge” some experience suggests that our earthly bodies have an innate resistance to death. After all, God initially created a world where death was never to be part of the picture. Sadly, sin changed that. When Adam [and Eve] sinned, sin entered the world. [Their] sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” (Romans 5:12 NLT).   

Death is now inevitable. Still, it wouldn’t surprise me that moments before dying we may innately try to resist what was never intended for us. 

Thankfully, believers in Christ can rest peacefully, knowing that death, though inevitable, is not permanent. Christ has given us this assurance: “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25 NLT). 

I can only imagine the surge we will experience when we awaken on the other side of death into eternal life!

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