October 1st 2010

The Last Question…Every Time

“In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”
1 Corinthians 15:52 (NIV)

There I was … a young wife and mother, struggling to get the kids in the car, did they have everything or had they left something, what was I going to make tonight for dinner, did I need to go to the supermarket on the way home?  Then it came … the last question, I knew it was coming, it always did, it always left me frustrated in my busy life where I had little time to answer it.  My father stood there watching me belt the children into the car, he helped with the bags and then he asked the last question before we left, “When will I see you again?”  Amidst my hectic life of holding down a job, keeping a home and being the best wife and mother I could possibly be, his question irritated me.  I loved my Dad; he knew that, I would see him soon, I just didn’t know precisely when at that moment in time.  “Soon, Dad, soon” I replied dismissively, kissed him and drove off.

Years passed, the children grew up, left home, married and began lives of their own.  Now there are grandchildren and our blessings have increased.  There I stand as my patient son packs his car with children and accessories, and I hear myself ask the same question, “So… when will we see you again?”  History has repeated itself.  I am repeating the same question that my father asked all those years ago.  My son says,”Soon Mum – I’ll give you a call.”  He kisses me and leaves and I am left standing as my father had stood in years gone by, thinking to myself that life does have to go on, children make their own lives, but parents will always want to see more of their children.

Sadly, my father and mother passed away and the question came no longer from them.  I inherited the question “So, when will I see you again?”  But the question can be reversed and in fact has greater meaning now: “When will I see my parents again?”  I know there is not a person alive that can answer that question, only God has the answer.  Of that I am certain – God knows when I will see my loved ones again, the timing is His prerogative but the guarantee remains that I will see them again.  How do I know this?  How can I be sure?  Does mankind have any answers?

Let us get the last question out of the way.  Humanity has no answers to what happens after death, only lots of theories and suppositions.  Only God is definite. We read in 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all men die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”  The apostle Paul continues to tell us in verse 44 of the same chapter that the dead when resurrected will have a new body. “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”   Your loved ones and my loved ones will have new bodies.  New bodies and eternal life with Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit—what could be better?  A glorious future lies ahead for those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow me to ask the last question one more time… “So when will I see you again, Irene?”   The answer is confident, born of faith – “Soon Dad soon – and this time I won’t be leaving.”

Prayer
Father, thank you so much for the hope and promises that you have made to us through the sacrifice of your precious, only begotten son, Jesus Christ.   As human beings you understand that we need to have that hope and we hold on to it in faith and gratitude.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson 

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