Benny died. The last of my fish has died. All that remain are the Jets. Snails. Snails are all we have left in the fish tank. And I keep finding more and more snails. We have more than a dozen snails ranging in size in our fish tank. It should be called a snail tank.
So, what is death? And do fish get to go to heaven? Will there be animals in heaven? Will we be able to see fido? Or will it only be pets of Christians who make it to heaven? I don’t know. But I do know this: Death is real and it’s unnatural.
We weren’t made to die, we were made to live. We were made to live forever. And then death came into the picture. It ain’t natural. It ain’t the way its supposed to be.
Originally the world was filled with peace. The peace of God in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lived with God in a perfect peace. *Word nerd alert* The Hebrew for peace is Shalom. And there was a perfect shalom with God and with all creation. Humanity was made on the 6th day. A day that was very good to God. We’re talking like cherry on the sundae good.
And then Adam and Eve did something horrible–the went against this Shalom. They went against this peace. They listened to the lie of the enemy, and wanted to be like God. They wanted control over the shalom instead of allowing the shalom to exist in all creation.
And then that shalom was broken.
Or was it.
Death is unnatural. Too many times we accept death as a way of life. But that’s not the way its supposed to be. Death is the ultimate enemy. Death is the thing that will forever separate us from God himself. Death is the result of broken shalom.
But God conquered death. He made it possible for death to not have an affect on us.
“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God! We have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:54-56
Death the final enemy is no more. In Jesus it can’t harm us or destroy us. In Jesus that shalom is restored. And there is the promise that one day we will live in perfect shalom, that shalom will be restored.
So, do animals go to heaven? I sure hope so. I know I probably sent a lot of fish there over the last year if so. Will there be carnivores and herbivores and omnivores there? I don’t know. We do know that the lion will eat straw like the ox and the lamb will lay down with the lion. That is a picture of shalom. Peace.
And death is no more. It has been defeated. All that remains is the perfect shalom found in Jesus.