17th September 2012
“I am the resurrection and the life.”
John 11:25 (TNIV)
Recently, in a moment of reflection, I realised that there is much unfinished business in my life. There are conversations that I need to have with people I know well and love – to tell them about the activities and interests that are part of my life.
So why don’t I just get on with it and let them know? Well, the time is not right. All of these friends and relatives are no longer with us, in this life. They have all died and await the resurrection.
The Christian belief in the resurrection stirs great hope within my heart.
All will be raised – not just Christians. “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out…” (John 5:28-29). Everyone – of all ages, nations and religions – will receive new life. Through his own death and resurrection, Jesus has made this so. Nothing can stop this from occurring.
My grandfather died before I reached my teens, but my early memories are full of his presence. He was proud of all six of his grandchildren and his love for us was always apparent. I am sure he will want to hear all about our adventures – and will adore his two great grandchildren.
He died with no faith in Christ. Is he lost? Well, I am also sure that the story of Jesus and how he has brought life for everyone will capture his attention.
However, that is a question for another time. Right now, I know that I can live in great anticipation of what is to come.
Father, we look forward with great fascination to the time that is yet to come, when the graves will open and all will see new life. What a great God you are and we praise you with all our hearts.
Study by Ian Woodley