Wikipedia has a long list of premature obituaries. Here is a sample of just a few: “..inventor, businessman, and chemist Alfred Nobel, whose premature obituary condemning him as a “merchant of death” may have caused him to create the Nobel Prize; black nationalist Marcus Garvey, whose actual death was apparently caused by reading his own obituary; and actor Abe Vigoda, who was the subject of so many premature obituaries that a website was created to state whether he was alive or dead.” Spiritually, there may be premature obituaries about our life within the spirit.
In our world today, there are people who want to put to death the notions of God and qualities of the spirit. They have already written the obituary of those who trust in the fruit of God’s spirit. I always say, don’t believe me, put it to the test. Live a week in the essence of a meek and gentle spirit of peace and you will discover how difficult some people will try to make your life. They create conflict, disagreement, and refuse to allow harmony through tranquility. Also, put on a joyful spirit that spreads cheer, hugs, smiles, and optimism with everyone you encounter. You will discover the premature obituary through their pessimism, sentiments of despair, and gloom directed towards your spiritual life. In fact, their conversations and behaviors are constant efforts to place the tombstone upon the grave of your spiritual life. They will not accept the spiritual fruit in the presence of God because they have prematurely written the spiritual obituary.
Pilate heard about Jesus’s death and thought it might be a premature obituary that was presented before him. “Pilate wondered if Jesus was dead by this time, and summoning the centurion, he questioned him as to whether He was already dead.” Christ was pierced through the heart, but Pilate’s premonition about Christ’s premature obituary was legitimate. 2000 years later and Christ continues to live. Christ in us is pierced through the heart routinely, but our spiritual life is resilient through the spiritual fruit, the spirit of Christ. The above quote is from Mark 15:44