It was refreshing, even though the situation certainly wasn’t. Sandy’s mom had spent a wonderful, joy-filled day with her and her ten-month-old daughter. But it took just one moment. What started as a minor health scare quickly escalated, resulting in an emergency trip to the hospital. Less than two days later, Sandy’s mother went home to heaven. They weren’t ready to lose her. If they could have their way, she’d still be here.
So what was so refreshing? “We ask that God’s will be done.” “I’m glad she is in Jesus’ arms.” Throughout the entire tragedy, that’s what Sandy kept saying.
How could she be so upbeat?
She knew the same thing a woman named Martha knew many years ago. Fighting through tears for her brother Lazarus, just laid in the grave, Martha boldly said to Jesus, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day” (John 11:24).
How could she be so confident? How can you be so confident? Death is a part of our world. It is a consequence of the veil all of us proliferate, whether in big or small ways. That evil is sin; it is our disobedience to God and his will. As a result of sin, you have lost loved ones. As a result of isn, you yourself will lose your life oen day. As a result of our sin and our own evil, God tells us there’s only one place we deserve to be: hell.
In the face of all of that, how can you be confident? You have a loving Savior. Where you and I struggle and fail each day to love and obey God, Jesus never failed. When love for God meant death for Jesus, Jesus died for you. His love for you took him to the cross. His love has taken away all your guilt.
How can you be confident? You have a living Savior. Jesus died, but he is no longer dead. His resurrection is more than just an occasion to commemorate once a year. It is the proof that Jesus not only forgave your sins and conquered hell, but it also proves his promise, “Because I live, you also will live.”
Jesus’ resurrection gives you confidence. His resurrection allows us to say, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” You can be refreshed in every joy and in every sorrow because you know that your Redeemer lives.
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