When Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha died, Jesus gave these comforting words to them….
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live -John 11:25 (KJV)
Another version puts it this way…
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. -John 11:25 (NLT)
I thought of this Scripture this morning as I rose with a heavy heart for my friend, Janet. Her mama just passed away, and today is the funeral.
Funerals are really for those of us left behind and grieving. When our loved ones pass, and we are left here in this angry, cruel world, death can seem so final. But Janet’s mama KNEW Jesus in a personal way…she had an intimate relationship with Him. Therefore, we can be assured that she is not suffering; she is HOME with her Savior! No tears. No pain. No death. Only peace…joy…love…and ETERNAL LIFE!
If our loved ones could send us a post card from Heaven, all it would say is:
“Wish YOU were here!”
I wrote a poem years ago about death entitled, “I Heard Them Come”. It goes like this….
“There, in the quietness of that hospital’s stark whiteness,
With pain so intense, it made the body numb;
Where the smell of death scented the air…
They were quiet, but I heard them come.
They weren’t there for me, but their presence I felt
As they took the soul from the body, and set the spirit free.
Pain, that ravaged the body and face just mere moments before,
Took on a different look, when they walked through the door!
I didn’t see them, but…I know they were there;
For arms went up to greet them, and a smile replaced the tears.
I’ve been there twice now when they came,
And both times, there was nothing different…it was all the same.
The room was filled with peace, and their footsteps, I scarcely could hear
As they gently took the helm of my loved one,
And side by side they sailed together through the valley of fear.
So, when they come for me…I’ll gladly take their hand
And let them sail my ship into a better land.
Don’t be afraid for me…there is no need to fear!
You need to realize, there’s more than now and here.
For when this ship sails from your sight,
It only means I’ve taken flight!
Life’s river has no end…
I’ve just sailed around the bend!