On February 28, 1953, 67 years ago this week, two scientists made a discovery that would forever change the way people understood the human body. On this day, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the famous “double helix” structure of DNA.
This ground-breaking discovery proved that DNA could indeed carry complex data. It also allowed people of all ages to understand the human body in new and exciting ways. In announcing their discovery, the scientists exclaimed, “We have discovered the secret of life!”
As scientifically significant as this discovery was, I would propose to you that the secret of life is something else entirely. I suggest that the real secret of life is death.
Christ died so that we might live (1 Thessalonians 5:10). Christ’s death makes it possible for us to have eternal life, but only if we will die to self (2 Corinthians 5:15), and to sin (1 Peter 2:24). Dying to self and sin is the essence of discipleship (see Luke 9:23-25).
If we “live according to the flesh,” we will die. But if we “put to death the deeds of the body,” we will live (Romans 8:13).
Scripture informs us that death is inevitable, “it is appointed for man to die once” (Hebrews 9:27). However, for those who have already died to self and to sin, this physical death is a gateway to eternal life (1 Corinthians 15:36-37).
You see, friends, the secret of life is not really found in the structure of DNA. Rather, it is found in the death of our Lord and in our being united with Him in a death like His (Romans 6:1-6).
There will be a day when Christ comes again, and all that is perishable will cease. It is on that day that death will be swallowed up in victory, and we will say, “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57).
Because of Christ’s death we can live forever, and that is the real secret of life. Praise God for His great gift!