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I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but YOU? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion [HOPE] forever. Psalm 73.23-26
I know that death is part of life. Amen? But, when we lose someone ever so dear to us is when hope hurts. When that someone is a Jesus-follower and has the assurance of everlasting life as promised in John 3.16, we know that our hope is not in vain. We can be assured they are with the Lord. There have been enough books testifying of what comes after death. We think of Don Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven and Todd Burpo’s Heaven Is For Real. Yet, when it’s a loved one the hope becomes hard.
Mary Magdalene loved the Lord Jesus – He had saved her from the horrid demonic possession she suffered and she remained loyal to her Savior. The morning she went to the tomb to dress the body of her Lord and she found the tomb empty – she was horrified. Perhaps she thought her hope was gone – all that she thought and believed had vanished.
But then, the risen Lord said, “Mary.” Are we able to fathom how she felt? Probably not – but there He was standing in front of her – not a ghost but the risen Lord, her Living Hope.
Father God, in the Name above all names, Jesus Christ, our Living Hope, we praise You for the eternal Hope you offer us. May we never doubt it or take it for granted but that we consider it our Greatest Treasure. We worship You. Amen.