Hope and Assurance

Keith Knight

"Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”  John 11:25

Easter is not about brightly colored eggs, wearing pastels clothes, or enjoying a big meal with your family.  Easter is about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This Easter will be a great day for many people.  People will spend time at church, surrounded by family and friends in celebration.  But for others, it will be a sad day.  A lonely day because Easter is a reminder of a loved one who has died and is now dreadfully missed.

From an earthly perspective, death seems so brutal, so callous, so harsh, and so conclusive.  That is what the disciples were feeling when they saw their Lord, whom they had left everything to follow, hanging on the cross. They were distraught and overwhelmed.  Death had crushed their spirits.  The disciples needed to reflect back and recalled an important event; a statement Jesus had made.

The disciples would have remembered Jesus standing at the tomb of his close friend Lazarus. They would have recalled that Jesus did something completely unanticipated and out of the blue.   John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.”   Jesus wept knowing that death was not part of God’s original plan.  God’s purpose and plan for humanity did not include growing old, suffering with disease, or to die.  But the Bible tells us that Adam and Eve sinned.  And when sin entered the human race, death followed with it.  And death was extended to all of us.  I believe Jesus wept because He was God in the form of man and here’s the bottom line… it broke His heart.

But when Jesus was standing there at Lazarus’ tomb, He delivered these words of hope and assurance in John 11:25 saying, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”  Death is not the end for believers who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ and accepted Him into their lives.  And the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves it.

If you have put your faith in Christ, then Easter means that you will live forever in the presence of God.  Easter should bring hope and assurance to the person who has been devastated by death.

Have you placed your faith in Jesus Christ and have the assurance of eternal life in heaven?  It’s the best decision you will ever make.  Jesus gives us the greatest hope!

 

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