On February 28, 1953, sixty years ago today, two scientists made a discovery that would change the way people understood the human body. On this day, James Watson and Francis Crick conceived of 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 meaningful as this discovery was, I would propose to you that the secret of life is something else entirely, something radical even. I suggest that the real secret of life is death. You see, Christ died so that we might live (1 Thess. 5:10). Christ’s death makes it possible for us to have eternal life, but only if we will die to self (2 Cor. 5:15), and to sin (1 Peter 2:24). Scripture informs us that death is inevitable, “it is appointed unto man to die once” (Heb. 9:27). However, for those who have already died to self and to sin, this physical death is merely a gateway to eternal life (1 Cor. 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 (Rom. 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 Cor. 15:54-57). Because of Christ’s death we can live forever more, and that is the real secret of life. Praise God for His great gift!