Let me let you in on a little secret - just in case you didn't know - if you are alive reading this right now, it won't always be this way. You are going to die. But don't feel bad. I will too.
Yet today is Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate the most wondrous event in the history of the world. Jesus, the Son of God, who bore our shame, our debt, our sin; who died the death we should have died; who was buried, and descended into hell...this Jesus was raised to life. The power of sin is broken, the curse has no power over me, and my sin can no longer separate me from a holy, righteous God. Death no longer gets the last word. In fact, one day, that which is mortal is going to be swallowed up by life...and we will actually live forever.
May we rejoice today, as every day, that Jesus lives. We serve a risen Savior. He is our rescue, and in Him is Life. So this is not just James's story, or my story, but a truth for every one of us who has put faith in Jesus - we are dying, yet behold, we live (2 Corinthians 6:9). Thank You, Jesus.