Happy Resurrection Day!
The Promise of the Resurrection
READ | John 11:17-27
In the world of modern
medicine, body parts can be replaced by plastic and metal. Human beings are
kept alive by machines. And some people even choose to preserve their bodies
after death in hopes of being re-animated at some point in the future. All of
this tinkering may make us feel more comfortable for a while. But it can’t keep
us from dying. Man is powerless in the face of death.
Some people are frightened by the fact that death is unavoidable. But, for
believers, the end of physical life should be greatly anticipated. They are
about to see the Lord. Jesus’ victory over the grave took away death’s
sting. Through Him, we’re made righteous. The Lord looks upon our cleansed soul
and welcomes us into Heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8 indicates that believers
"absent from the body" are "at home with the Lord." The
very thing which causes fear and uncertainty becomes a sure doorway to eternity
In addition, Christ’s resurrection assures believers their place in Heaven is
secure. The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spoke about His Father’s house
to the disciples. In John 14:2-3, He says, "I go to prepare a place for
you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to
Myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:2-3).
Believers shouldn’t fear death. The Lord has numbered our days on Earth. And when
our time comes, we’ll join Him in the place Jesus has prepared. We’ll share in
Christ’s victory over the grave.