From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.” These are the words to the first line of the chorus of the hymn “Because He lives” written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. This song was written at a time of great turmoil in their lives. Several stressors were going on in their personal lives, their family and their business. In the midst of all the negative, dreadful and discouraging events in their lives, little Benjamin was born. Out of hearts of great gratitude, his birth gave birth to this song. Good news gives reasons to rejoice; good news gives reasons to want to jump and shout; good news lifts one’s spirit like nothing else. Yes! I affirm and reaffirm, because He lives we can face the challenges or giants of today and tomorrow.
Today’s Bible reading is John 11:1-57. John 11, along with John 14, is to the New Testament what Psalm 23 is to the Old Testament. They are testimonies of hope and comfort. The comfort of knowing death has lost its sting and the expectation of one day of our resurrection and the resurrection of our loved ones. A story is told of a father and daughter who were out for a leisurely drive in the country. It was a hot summer day and the windows were down. Suddenly the daughter began screaming and fidgeting in her seat. A bee had just flown inside the car through the open windows. This would not have been a problem for most children, but for this little girl, it was a problem. You see, this girl was very allergic to bee stings. In fact, even one sting could send her into a coma. As the girl was flailing her arms around, the father quickly pulled over to the side of the road, then calmly reached over and held his daughter’s arms down. Then, with his strong hands, he caught the mad bee. The bee promptly stung the man, and he threw the bee out the window. The girl, still in hysteria and in tears, was unable to calm down. The loving father reached over and held her. And he whispered these words to her: “It’s OK. It won’t hurt you now. I took the sting for you.” Because Jesus took the sting, death can’t hurt.
Because Jesus lives, whatever comes today or tomorrow will be okay. Even if death comes, it will be okay, because death has no sting. Christians shouldn’t be fearful of death because we are assured of the following truths: (1) during death, we will not be alone; (2) the physical body is what dies; (3) a person’s spirit returns to God; and (4) there’s an appointed day when the spirit shall receive a new body. Let’s be thankful that Jesus took the sting; thus, death can’t hurt us.
May God bless each of you with a great day! And, thanks for the prayers.