Today is Easter Sunday, and for those of us in the Christian faith, we celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But this year, for my family, it’s also meant laying to rest the patriarch of our family, my father Richard. If I tried to write here what an amazing man he was, I could fill multiple blogs. On this day, I just want to say that I’m thankful he was a man of faith who is spending his first Sunday in heaven on Easter in the presence of Jesus Christ Himself. It must be some celebration there!
However, for those he left behind, it’s still Good Friday in our hearts. We grieve much like the disciples on the day Jesus was nailed to the cross…but we’re not without hope, because we know we’ll see him again someday. The book of Revelation describes a place where God will wipe every tear from our eyes…where there’s no more pain or infirmity. In Chapter 21, God says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Notice that He doesn’t say, “I made” or “I will be making” all things new. It’s in the present tense…it’s happening right now, all the time. “I am making all things new.” To me, that says that God is always in the business of creating and renewing His creation, including those who go before us in death. Without the cross, there wouldn’t be an empty tomb.
If your heart is weighed down by grief, loss and confusion, there’s good news today: If you believe in what Jesus did for us on the cross on that Good Friday long ago, your own Resurrection Day awaits you, and a reunion with loved ones that never ends. Tears, it seems, are never far away at this time…but fortunately, neither is my Dad.
“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” 1 Corinthians 15:54