Thursday, March 04, 2010
My wife's grandpa died yesterday morning. He was 95 years old and lived a good long life, but at the same time it seems nothing more than a vapor. Life on this earth is brief and fickle and holds no final hope for us. If we're to have real hope we must look beyond ourselves and beyond this earth to the One who fashioned it.
I thank God that he poured his grace upon me in Jesus Christ on October 26, 1986 so that now, even in the face of death, I do truly grieve with hope. Hope in the grace of God. Hope in eternal life, which Jesus defined as "knowing God," truly knowing God (John 17:1-2). Hope in the death of death. Hope in the wisdom of God, that he has worked all things, even suffering, according to the counsel of his great will and that he was right to do all things in just the way he did them.
If you have no hope on this earth, friend, look to Jesus. Your health and riches and success and interests will all fade away. They will fail you. Everything on this earth will pass away, but the Maker of heaven and earth will never pass away. So look to him and hope in him alone.
"14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God" (John 3:14-18).