“…whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26)
Has the joyful happy holiday season found you with a heavy heart because you have lost a loved one? I have suggested that if you want to find the happiness and comfort Jesus promised in His second beatitude to those who mourn, you should ask the right questions and listen to God’s answers to the right questions. My third suggestion was implied by Jesus as He gave an excellent right answer to Martha when he asked her, “Do you believe this?”
My third suggestion is that you believe God’s answers to the right questions. When we ask, listen, and believe, the death of someone we love is like an investment in the world to come. We have simply bought shares in heaven and we have increased our motivation to be there in the eternal dimension with Christ and with them.
A devout surgeon I know says that the word we use most in this life is “Why?” However, the word we are going to use most in the next world is going to be “Oh!” An old hymn I don’t hear much anymore proclaims: “Friends will be there I have known long ago. Joy like a river around me will flow. Yet just a smile from my Savior I know, that will be glory be glory for me!”
The whole Bible is filled with God’s answers to the right questions. When we believe those answers we will discover that the happy state Jesus promised those who mourn in one word is salvation. Salvation and the comfort He promised can begin right now and last forever if you will ask, listen, and believe! Will you do that now?
Dick Woodward, 17 December 2010