2. Stanley notes that Jesus commits himself to going to the silence of death before being raised in his resurrection, and he interprets this to mean that Jesus “goes to those who dwell in isolation from themselves, one another, and God to overcome the silence of their lives.” We all know people who live in such a sense of isolation. Take a moment to visualize Jesus coming to them in the silence.
3. Stanley reminds us that death and judgment are not the last word. Christ “pioneers” us into the future, not because we deserve saving but because it is God’s nature to save: “so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does” (1 Peter 4:6). How does it change your view of today to think of your death as a time when you will live in the spirit as God does? Are you able to accept this? If not, why not?