Friday, August 15, 2014

August 15, 20147 … Hope ETERNAL !!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 226

August 15, 20147 … Follow the Leader Devotional Song: … GO TO THIS LINK … Please go this video link to hear an anonymous praise group singing the classic song of hope in the faith Because He Lives, proclaiming the truth of the Good News of the Gospel … that because Jesus lives, we can face all the tomorrows of this challenging life.

Highlight Passage - Matthew 28: 6a [NKJV] … The angel to the women at the tomb …
  11 He is not here; for He is risen as He said. … 
Highlight Passage [Context] - Matthew 28: 1-10 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK

Reference Passage #1 - John 14: 19 [NKJV] … Jesus’ promise to His disciples in the upper room …
  19 "Because I live, you will live also … " 

My Journal for Today: In this morning’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, the author, Anne Cetas, relates a very personal incident where she grieved at the loss of both of her parents within a month. However in the face of her loss and loneliness, she also felt an inner peace and joy, knowing that her parents were with Jesus and she would see them again in heaven.

 That is the hope eternal that all Christians have because of what the angel at the tomb of Jesus declared to the women who had come to check out the grave. The reality they discovered, that … HE IS RISEN! … gives all who believe in Him as Lord hope eternal.

Have you, as a Christian, ever been to a funeral for someone who openly had spurned God, … i.e., one who had rejected Christ as his/her Savior? Such a funeral or memorial service is entirely different that one for a Christian, isn’t it? At the latter there is often laughter and joy, even though the circumstances which caused the death might have been horrible. But when a non-believer is laid to rest, it’s difficult or impossible for those who knew the deceased to declare, “Rest In Peace.” And why is that? It is because Christians at such a funeral for a non-believer know what lies ahead for that lost soul; and that is eternal torment in hell.

 But the opposite is the case for a born-again, believing Christian, isn’t it? Because no matter what the circumstances surrounding such a passing, Christians know – in their hearts – that what Jesus promised His disciples in the upper room, will be true for any Christian who believed in Christ as their Savior and Lord. Yes … because HE lives, I will live with Him forever!

 And because of that truth, sung in the song to which I linked you today, i.e., BECAUSE HE LIVES, I have hope eternal that I will one day live with Him in Heaven; and so it is with both of my parents, having passed from this life to the next, two believers who now reside with my LORD forever.

And knowing that fact … do I sense a ”HALLELUJAH!!!” from any reading with me here today?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, because You live, I can face tomorrow. ... Amen

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