“I am the resurrection and the life” John 11 v 25
Recently I stood by the grave of my dearly loved dad. My heart ached because he was no longer with us. The friend who was speaking at the graveside, quoted Billy Graham: “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.” And I knew in that moment that the same was true for Dad, and, like the sun breaking through after a day of dark clouds, a strange sense of joy broke through my sorrow and I knew that our hope in Christ is founded on absolute truth. I knew that my dad was not buried in the ground, but gloriously alive in the presence of the One he loved and served. As two friends sang, “It is Well with my Soul” at the funeral service, joy once again burst in as I realised my grief is earth-bound and my dad was in that place where there is “no more death or mourning or crying or pain” and one day I too will see my Saviour face to face, the Saviour who has won the victory over sin and conquered the grave. And so when sadness sweeps over me, I can go and weep with the God who Himself wept, but also “bore my griefs and carried my sorrows” and who whispers in my ear, “I am the resurrection and the life”. Praise His name!