At the graveside of His friend Lazarus, Jesus told his grieving sisters Mary and Martha two important things. First, He told them, ‘Your brother will rise and live again’ (John 11:23 NCV). And second, He said, ‘Everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?’ (v.26 MSG).
Having an exemplary character, giving generously to charity, going to church, and so on, are all great things to do (and the right things to do), but it’s putting our trust in Christ that gives us the absolute assurance of resurrection and eternal life. Jesus conquered death and the grave for each one of us. There might be people reading these words who have recently lost loved ones and are fighting tears of sorrow right now. Jesus understands our grief like no one else can. He’s touched by the feelings of our weaknesses and struggles (see Hebrews 4:15). There might be people reading who are frightened of all the unknowns of death. If that’s how you’re feeling, try putting your trust in Jesus and in these words: ‘There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am’ (John 14:2-3 NCV).
When we trust God, there’s no reason to fear what lies beyond death, because He’s already there, waiting to welcome us. Inexplicable, unending joy will be ours forever, thanks to Jesus, so we can exclaim with Paul, ‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ (1 Corinthians 15:55 NLT).
Commit, or recommit, your life to God today. If you have a paper copy of Word For You, turn to the Four Points page near the back, read each of the Bible verses listed, and when you’re ready, pray the prayer of salvation at the end.
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