Monday, March 26, 2007
Death Turned to Victory
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
As we get older, a new question begins to gnaw away at us: Is there life after death? Sometimes it will come earlier if someone close to us dies without warning, and we come face-to-face with the uncomfortable fact of death. This shouldn’t come as a revelation to you, but we are all going to die. As it’s been said, there are two things in life that are always certain: death and taxes. You can be sure of it.
Some Christians will say, “I am going to go to heaven, so when I die, don’t weep for me.” But death is hard for everyone, and there is nothing wrong with feeling sorrow over the loss of someone you care about. Christians experience that sorrow too. It’s part of the grieving process. Even the Bible says there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
Death even brought tears to the eyes of Jesus when His friend Lazarus died (see John 11:35). But, of course, we know there is life beyond the grave for Christians. We know we can look forward to life after death.
Jesus Christ came to give us life and that more abundantly. We know that life is not limited to this time on Earth. We know it’s temporary. Of course, we will feel sorrow and loss for a Christian who has died. But as believers, we know we will see that person again in heaven. That is God’s great gift to us. His Son Jesus personally intervened and turned death into victory.
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