Why don’t we like talking about death?
In the Eighteenth Century, people had grand death bed scenes. The last words were recorded, wills were read out, possessions exchanged and people disowned. Everyone talked about death but no-one talked about sex.
In the Twenty-First Century it is the complete opposite. Films, television programmes and general conversations are full of sexual euphemisms and graphic details about sex. However, rarely do people talk about the passing away of an individual and their transition to whatever happens next.
One of the Easter story’s core themes is that Jesus died. Eye witnesses recorded that he freely gave away his life following an unfair trial, that he was effectively murdered by those in charge, and that overarching all this was a ‘Divine Plan’ of some description.
In the midst of Jesus’ own death bed sequence — which spans around a week — the story is told of death, loss, silence, and the formidable and unanswerable question: what happens next?