"Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55)
"What is death next to God? If death is our last enemy, it is still not within his power to do to us what he wants to do and can do to us. God appointed him, but God can also depose him. God armed him, but God can also disarm him. So, in death we will not be alone with death; we will not be in the kingdom of a second god. Rather, with death the Lord of death will also be on the scene. We will fall into his hands and not into other hands. What we have to fear is not death but God. But even God we cannot fear without knowing that we—as inconsolable as we are otherwise—are comforted by God himself. Yet what does that mean, then, except that in the middle of death God is our Helper and Savior?
The unavoidable, bitter, frightening work of death will happen to us. But for us God will be the fulfillment of all good things, even as this happens to us. So, in any case, what cannot happen to us in death is that we stop being under God's lordship, stop being his property and the objects of his love. Being able to change anything about that is also beyond the power of death. Our death is our limit, but our God is also the limit of our death. Death can take everything from us, but he cannot make it so that God is not God, our Helper and Savior and as such our hope. That death cannot do. And since he cannot do that, we must seriously ask: can he do anything at all?"
(Karl Barth s. 113)
- Sofia Lilly Jönsson, Jag är den som tömmer sopnedkasten.
- Barth, Karl, 2009: Insights. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press. Texter i urval av Eberhard Busch. Utg på tyska 2001 av Theologischer Verlag Zürich.