The death of Dr Alex Magaisa is shocking. I had wished to personally interact with him, in this lifetime, having been addicted to his contributions to social and political debates. Something interesting about life is that one gets intimated to people, without having personally met them.
I may have been attached to Dr Magaisa, more than I was attached to some of my close relatives. Dr Magaisa’s viewpoints were agreeable with mine. This raises many questions about the mystery of life. Some people are closer to strangers than they ought to be to close relatives.
Life itself is eternal. However, James describes human life as a mist that appears shortly and then vanishes. James’ revelation can help us to refocus. One’s contributions can vanish as if never existed.
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:13-17 NIV).
Some people’s contributions live on, after their demise. Dr Alex Magaisa left an indelible mark, on his admirers. It was not Dr Magaisa’s physical nature, but his rich content that made a difference.
Dr Magaisa was different from those, having lived without impacting others. Life itself is complicated, as others may be celebrating the death of one considered an enemy. Trouble-causers are not wished to live longer.
Life can exist without the physical body. Existing in the physical body enables acquiring experiences, which impact other people’s lives, as well. Without impacting other people, life is meaningless.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” (Psalms 116:15 NIV).
Who are God’s faithful servants? God’s servants enhance other people’s lives, showing them the way to happiness. The principle of life is a spiritual matter, rather than the physical; catered for, by medical doctors.
Medical Doctors cannot contribute to life enhancement. Physical existence is not as real as spiritual existence. Due to ignorance, people hold on to what is temporary, rather than what enhances life, which is permanent.
There is no purpose for those having attained righteousness to continue living in some physical bodies. Physical life can be described as hell. As existing eternally, the life component denotes what does not need some physical body to exist.
The determination to choose between life and death is facilitated by physical existence—enabling the discovery of the formula for eternity. Hence, the Lord rejoices at the physical death of His saints.
The opposite is true, for ordinary people, who wish death for evil people, but wish long life for good people. Many are exasperated by the long life of wicked people and are known to grieve when the righteous ones die.