Yes, Jesus Saves!
Most of you have heard the old quip, “Why does Jesus have more success on the computer than does Satan?” “Because, Jesus Saves!” Of course, I’m not Jesus, but when I’m on the computer I save my data A LOT. Last night I was writing an article, “To absent friends,” (which I admit was rather maudlin), when my computer crashed and I lost it all. Now I had been saving it all along, every paragraph and every correction, but after the crash I got an error message that said it was unrecoverable data. I had saved… but it didn’t help… I had no power to resurrect the article… I went back to bed!
New Day, Fresh Thoughts
With fresh eyes on it this morning I commented to my wife: “I guess the Lord didn’t want me writing those thoughts”. To which she replied, “Maybe it was Satan that didn’t want you to write them!” Well, I guess I will never know, but I have a new day and a fresh outlook about things.
Life is full of difficulties and disappointments
We just found out that an old and dear friend has terminal cancer. She is a Christian so we pray that this transition from one life to another will not be too difficult. But it also brought to memory many of the other dear friends we have lost in the past few years. But I guess, “Lost” is not the best description for them. We know where they are, it’s just that they aren’t here in our lives any more. As much as we would like to “resurrect” them to be part of our lives, we just don’t have the ability anymore than I could resurrect my article. We know that Jesus is the only one who has the power to do that.
We do have a choice
Honestly, we don’t have a choice as to what to do. We can’t change the past and the things that have happened, but we certainly have control of our future. Now, of course I’m not talking about our physical future, we all know how quickly things change physically, but our Spiritual future is still under our control.
We live in hope because there is a better place prepared
Jesus promised us that he was going to prepare a place for us after this life ends and that is our home and reason to remain faithful to the end. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “Our friends, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him.”
You see, we have two choices, “Hope” or “No hope”. I choose to have hope and I pray that you and all those who face that great transition of death do also.