We have hope beyond the grave.
Awhile ago, I was watching images on TV of large masses of graves in the streets of India. They died from Coronavirus.
India, the world’s worst Covid surge this 2021, finds itself drowning in the millions of deaths and illnesses of its people.
Such image reminds us more strongly than ever of the need to face the inevitable reality of death in our lives.
1 out of 1 among us will die someday. Whether from the Covid virus or not.
Is the grave where we will all be going, sooner or later, all there is?
It’s a pity if only for this earthly life we have hope. It’s fleeting, temporary hope.
Know that we can have permanent, eternal hope beyond the grave!
Billy Graham describes the “resurrection of Christ” through which death will be destroyed:
“Resurrection that blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling, settling dust of death and opens the way to new life.”
He is basing his hope, of course, on Scriptures, which teaches that Jesus has changed the meaning of death for us:
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26).
“Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).
“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8).
“The dead in Christ shall rise first; then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).
Do you understand what all this is meaning to say?
The physicality of death is only a transition from life on earth with Christ to life in heaven with Christ.
To have eternal hope beyond the grave then, you need to be in a relationship with Christ while on earth.
As noted Psychotherapist Dr. Irvin Yalom once put his observation, “Though the physicality of death destroys us, the idea of death may save us.”
If you’re not yet in Christ and would like to know more about how to have this eternal hope beyond the grave, will you drop me a note?