PINK MIST

In the book, "Service: A Navy SEAL at War," veteran Marcus Luttrell writes about "pink mist." Caution, the event described may be shocking. Here is what he writes: "The explosion killed the two ... leading the way; the first man simply disappeared, evaporated by the blast, his scant remains drifting away in the air, a pink mist ..."

It seems that the reality of what can become of a man, in an instant, is something that many of us want to ignore. The human mind says: "Let's not think about that," as we naturally proceed through the rest of our day.

Instead of doing that again, let's try something different. Let's consider who and what we really are according to the word of God. To do this is a powerful exercise.

The word of God can transform what seems to be a distantly isolated event into an ever-present personal reality. For example, let's see how we relate to "pink mist."

"You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."
(James 4:14 ISV)

Whether you know it or not ... whether you like it or not ... all of us are pink mist.

This is reality.

The flesh is temporary.

“All human life is like grass, and all its glory is like a flower in the grass. The grass dries up and the flower drops off, but the word of the Lord lasts forever.” Now this word is the good news that was announced to you."
(1 Peter 1:24-25 ISV)

Notice again what it says...

"...but the word of the Lord lasts forever..."
(1 Peter 1:24-25 ISV)

In the temporary, there is no lasting hope.

And, what good is it to have no hope?

It is no good at all.

"...but the word of the Lord lasts forever..."
(1 Peter 1:24-25 ISV)

True lasting hope is only found in the eternal. And the eternal hope is available to us right now and forever in the person of Jesus Christ. This is "the good news that was announced to you."
(1 Peter 1:24-25 ISV)

Our form in these bodies right now is temporary. The reality of this fact can be troubling ... or ... it can be comforting ... depending on how we look at it. If we look at it and prepare for it ... eternity is not a surprise ... eternity is an ever-present reality ... eternity in Christ Jesus is ever-present hope.

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
~The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Matthew 24:35 KJV)

These words, the very words of God, are what formed us in the first place. And, in this pure nature ... the nature of our Creator ... we were meant ... and are meant ... to last forever.

"God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24 KJV)

"It’s the Spirit who gives life; the flesh accomplishes nothing. The words that I’ve spoken to you are spirit and life."
(John 6:63 ISV)

The Word and the Spirit of God is eternal.

If all a person has and all a person knows is flesh, then of course, the idea of losing flesh is impossible to process ... debilitating.

But to know and to have good relationship with the eternal ... to have friendship with the eternal is comfort ... eternal comfort in the now and in the forever. This is what God intended, by sending His only begotten Son, the very word of God, into the world of pink mist.

"The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father’s uniquely existing Son, who is full of grace and truth."
(John 1:14 ISV)

This is how humans are to face the reality of pink mist ... Not through fear of what could happen to any one of us at any given moment ... But through the truth of what happened to and through Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, on the cross. He took upon Himself the sin of the entire world. He paid the price, that none of us could pay.

"It is finished."

And now we can have life through Him. Because He is raised from the dead, He is proven to be the way, the truth, and the life.

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
(1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 KJV)

This is the way to face the uncertainty of life in the flesh ... Through the immortal hope of the resurrection in Christ Jesus. Everything else falls short.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah! Because of his great mercy he has granted us a new birth, resulting in an IMMORTAL HOPE through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah, from the dead and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can’t be destroyed, corrupted, or changed. THROUGH FAITH you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of this era. You greatly rejoice in this, even though you have to suffer various kinds of trials for a little while, so that your genuine faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus, the Messiah, is revealed.
(1 Peter 1:3-7 ISV)

This immortal hope, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the answer to the human condition of "pink mist."

"Now since we have the same spirit of faith in keeping with this Scripture: 'I believed, and so I spoke,' we also believe and therefore speak. We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to God together with you. All this is for your sake so that, as his grace spreads, more and more people will give thanks and glorify God. That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day. This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison, because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal."
(2 Corinthians 4:13-18 ISV)

So where do we go from here? What do we do with the knowledge of this reality today?

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)

Honor the Word and the Spirit of the Lord, by faith ... the Word of the Lord has shown itself in the flesh. The resurrection happened. Jesus is alive. Jesus is coming back to restore all things to the place they should be.

God bless You!

PINK MIST