This week we celebrated the life of a beautiful woman who loved Jesus. We had only known her a year or so, but it was evident that the light of the Saviour shone through her. She loved people and even on her deathbed she was concerned about the needs of others, praying for others.
She fought her battle with cancer for three years, but was unafraid. She had a testimony of trust and hope in Jesus. She did not fear death. She held fast to His promises, and looked forward to standing in His presence. She knew a life far better awaited.
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. ~2 Corinthians 5:6-8
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And 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 14:1-3
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 we are reminded that we do not sorrow as those without hope when we lose a loved one who belongs to Him. While we mourn our loss, we rejoice for them. When they pass from this life they are in the presence of our Lord…what an amazing thought. We are here worshiping Him, feeling His Spirit amongst us, but those who have left this life behind are praising Him face to face!
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
For those that belong to Him, it is never goodbye, but only ‘until we meet again.’
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Following Jesus’ reassuring words to Martha, He asked her this question, “Do you believe this?”
Martha responded, “Yes, Lord, I believe…”
Now it’s your turn.
Do you believe?