It has been two full days since Dad stepped off this earth and in to heaven. We have been very blessed with all of the phone calls, visits, food, and condolences. It has been a real blessing to be together with family and friends, to celebrate the life that my Dad lived and the impact that he made. The hardest time for me is in the early hours of the morning. I find myself awake while everyone else sleeps (that is not uncommon). While awake and alone in the quiet hours, my mind begins to kick in high gear. I was thinking about Dad and what he battled over the past 3 years. He was a fighter and he fought hard until the moment that he slipped into eternity. He had a “suitable helper” right by his side every moment of the battle. My mother has been a wonderful example of sacrificial love (agape). I respect her even more for what I witnessed in her when these times got really tough. Dad is finally at peace and some may say that cancer won the battle in the end. I will have to disagree for two reasons; 1) There is no sting in death anymore because of Jesus Christ. 2) This battle did not end in death but its end will be for the glory of God. Now that Dad has passed on, there are 2 reactions that we may have. One is found in the epistle of I Thessalonians when Paul writes,
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. (Chapter 4)
Those who are uniformed (do not know God through Jesus Christ) will grieve (as we all will grieve) but they will do it without hope. They do not have hope for the afterlife. Those who are uniformed of the ways of God are destroyed by the pain and loss of death. We, as true followers of Jesus Christ, have been informed on the subject of death, that death has lost its sting. We are victorious over death because of Jesus Christ. Death strikes a crushing blow but does not defeat us. Do you fear death like those who do not know God? Do you grieve because of death without hope like those who do not know God? We do not and that is why we are able to celebrate Dad’s life and his “going home”. You can as well if you know God and are informed of our victory through Jesus Christ. It is all laid out in the Bible, the Word of God.
The second reaction to death is found in the Gospel of John chapter 11, in the Words of Jesus Christ when He says,
4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life ; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this ?”
Death was not the end for Dad. The end of Dad’s 3 year battle with cancer is not death, the end is the glory of God. We are now able to celebrate Dad’s life and share the reason why Dad was the way that he was and did the things that he did. He was a follower of Jesus Christ. God is glorified by what has happened. Dad’s body will be put in the ground but his spirit has already gone to be with Christ and one day that body we lay in the ground will resurrect and be transformed into immortality. He had that hope and we have it for him and for us as well. That is why we do not grieve like those who do not know God. We grieve because of the pain of loss but not without hope. We have the hope that he is in heaven in the presence of Christ and that one day his body will resurrect.
Are you informed of the resurrection and hope that we have as followers of Jesus Christ? Would you like to have that hope and assurance? It is possible. All you have to do is believe the Word of God, repent of your sins, be born again, and follow God all the days of your life.
I want to invite you to celebrate my Dad’s life with us. Please feel free to write any stories that you remember about him or shared with him. You can write them on the comment section of this post or you can post them to Facebook.
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- Advent (pagefarmhouse.wordpress.com)
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