Of His Death And His Resurrection – Josh Journal
If Christ’s death assures you of salvation, what does His resurrection has to offer? If “it is finished” at His death, then of what use is His resurrection?
He could have gone from the grave to heaven, why was He resurrected instead?
Most times, when we Christians discuss the resurrection of Christ, we tend to lump it in with His death. Hence, the death and resurrection of Christ.
We often forget that His death was for a purpose, and His resurrection was for a purpose. Everything Christ did was for a purpose in itself.
There is the general understanding that in His death we partake in dying to sin, and in His resurrection, we are awaken to a new life.
To a life free from sin. Sinless, guiltless, spotless. And that is a hundred percent correct.
But then, there is a part of His resurrection we often overlook though.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 KJV
I can not remember the first person I lost that really affected me, but I can remember a few people I still struggle to accept that they are gone.
The pain of losing a loved one just never leaves.
I struggled each time I heard someone I hold dear is dead. But then, I’m not one to get emotional.
Knowing that I can do nothing to reverse the situation, I stew on it, relive memories, and hope they are in the right standing with God at the time of their death.
On a random day a week, a month, or ten years later, the feeling comes back all over again.
I stumble on something or someone and I’m back in my feelings. This might be the two hundredth time I am seeing that thing, but this feeling is different. It is like the band-aid is ripped open.
Sometimes, the hurt is worse than when I first heard the news. I might even get so shocked again, that I am nonfunctional for a second, or a day, or a week.
This time around, I can’t think or strong will my way through it.
At this time, I wonder how their parents, siblings, betrothed, spouse, and children dealt with the news.
I wonder if they ever got used to the reality, if they ever recovered, and if they ever moved on.
Sometimes, I’ll say a prayer of comfort on their behalf at that point. I am yet to get to the point of making a call to randomly check on them.
What am I supposed to say to them?
When one day, while reading through my Bible, my eyes were opened to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, and 1 Corinthians 15:12-32, my perspective changed.
The comfort that revelation and knowledge in God’s word brings can’t be found anywhere else.
The resurrection of Christ assures us of our’s and our loved ones’ resurrection at the end of time.
Imagine knowing and being assured that those you loved, simply because they have a relationship with Christ, when they die on earth, that is not the end of your love or relationship.
This has changed my life ever since. Each time I have my moment of remembrance, it ends with a smile.
I still miss them, but the hurt and ache is different.
My view on heaven has changed too. Imagine having to introduce those you’ve lost to the new people in your life, and the amount of catching up we’ll have to do.
When we talk about “how beautiful heaven must be”, we are caught up in the physical beauty.
Next time, I want you to think about the number of people you look forward to meeting. The memories you look forward to revisiting. And also, practice introducing your loved ones who have passed on to the new people in your life.
Now tell me how beautiful that sounds. Truly, how beautiful heaven must be.