“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” vs. 1
It’s no accident that we most frequently hear these words from the gospel of John in the context of a funeral or a memorial service. There are literally no more comforting words in all of scripture. It’s all here, all the hope and promise of our life in Christ. Whenever we feel discouraged, whenever our hearts are broken, there’s nothing better for us to do than to turn to God, and more specifically to turn to Jesus. We look to God because all things are in God’s hands; God is the creator of the universe. God brings us into existence and breathes life into us. We look to Jesus because he is the image of the invisible God; he is the Christ. He is our Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. In him we find our peace, our joy, and our comfort. In him we see, touch, hear, and feel the unconditional love of God. So it’s no wonder that when our tears are the freshest and our pain the most intense we find comfort in John’s words. And, oh yes, they are a vivid reminder that, if it’s death that has gotten us crying, in Christ Jesus we see a new beginning, both for those we love and for ourselves. For he’s gone to prepare a place for us, that where he is, we may be also. He is the Way! And when we know that, peace fills our hearts!
Thought for the Day: What verses would I like read at my funeral?