“One Life to Live”
Psalm 22: 20: “Deliver my soul from the sword, my only life from the power of the dog.” Let us use this Good Friday psalm to remind us of a great truth of the Gospel: Jesus, and we, have only one life. This verse concerning Christ and John 10: 18 (I lay down My life on my own initiative, and I have the authority to take it up again), spoken by Christ, reject any notion of reincarnation. Christ’s one life was resurrected in the tomb as ours is at baptism, but the resurrected life is the same life we were given in the womb at conception, just amped up. And oh yes, that one life is delivered by God from the sword and the power of the dog. That’s why it’s called Good Friday!