He is Risen!
Nothing drives home the hope of the resurrection like a death.
My family has now joined those who walk through the “valley of the shadow of death.” Fortunately, my mother had walked in the communion of saints long before her death. My earliest memories include her teaching Sunday School and hauling kids (sometimes as many as 18!) to Vacation Bible School in a green Chevrolet station wagon. She continued to teach Sunday School until her health failed. She also served as Daddy’s partner in his pastorates for 47 years. “Her children rise up and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).
Now that she has joined the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), my mother’s fight here has finished. She now experiences by sight all that we hope for by faith. I know dark days lie ahead of us, but even in the darkness of Holy Saturday, Easter lay ahead. We do not grieve as “others who have no hope.” As St. Paul reminds us:
Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. — 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
The resurrection of Jesus changed everything.
Now, we await our own.