“…whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:26)
I have suggested in my two previous blogs that if you want to find the blessedness and comfort Jesus promised to those who mourn in His second beatitude, you should ask the right questions and listen to God’s answers. My third suggestion is implied by Jesus as He gave an excellent answer to Martha when he asked, “Do you believe this?”
My 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, increasing 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 will 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 Bible is filled with God’s answers to the right questions. When we believe those answers we will discover the blessed state Jesus promised those who mourn in one word: salvation. Salvation and the comfort He promised can begin right now and last forever if we ask, listen, and believe!
Dick Woodward, 17 December 2010
I believe that Dick’s words are somewhat prophetic here. It seems to me that fewer and fewer of the popular new songs raise the expectation of the eternal. Sad! Present blessings are nice to receive but they are best appreciated in the light of that which is to come.