So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy. – Jesus (John 16:22 NLT)
When my beloved grandmother went to be with the Lord last year, I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we didn’t get a chance to be with her when she took her last breath. The last memory I have is riding in the ambulance with her for what would be our final trip together. But God would later remind me at her funeral that that’s how He wanted me to remember her – alive and well. So I knew it wasn’t goodbye, but see you later.
Death was never meant to be the end, not for the Christian anyways. We have a hope that transcends the grave. Thanks to Jesus’ finished work on the cross and His resurrection, we know that when life ends here on earth, a new and better one begins in Heaven. When we realize and believe this truth, Easter becomes a joyous celebration rather than a religious expectation. May the hope of the resurrection fill your heart not only at Easter time, but every day of the year, as you rise with the Son.