He lives!
January 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

     I have given the message and attended lots of funerals over the past twenty years. I have buried some friends, some family members, and some people I hardly knew.      

     One of the toughest was a four year old little boy who choked while eating.  I was called to the hospital first to help deal with the emergency, and then to help the family with their grief. I had never met them before. Overcome with grief, the mother and father needed someone to talk with them through the obvious shock and grief. I remember praying, asking God to help me say something that might help them. I told them they could see their little boy again. I believe that because He lives.

     I remember Ben, nearly 90 years on this earth—kind of rough, no really rough around the edges. Ben died with great faith. His younger brother, Baxter couldn’t make the long trip to Alaska from North Carolina for the funeral. Baxter and I spoke on the phone today; he remembered what I said many years ago. Baxter would see his brother again. Ben died telling me to tell him, don’t be sad, and put your trust in God.

     Buzz was an anchor for a whole generation. He died 18 years ago next month. I remember so clearly, it was the first time I stood beside a grave and truly wished it was me there and not him. I was barely able to speak at his service. I look back today and remembered what I told my family and all his friends that windy day on the South Plains. He will live again, and I believe that because He lives.

     I told all of these people their loved ones will live again. Every time I’ve said that is because of what God did when he called Jesus out of the tomb. We don’t have to wait until death to let the hope of resurrection make a difference in life. Too many Christians think the resurrection is only about life after death. Unless you’re planning checking out right now, make His resurrection all about life before we die. The resurrection of Jesus is certainly about eternity, but it must also transform the way we live our lives today! Nurture your relationships in a new way, because He lives. Face your health struggles, as devastating as they might be, with a new hope, because He lives. Put you financial woes in God's hands; make better decisions today and tomorrow, because He lives.

His resurrection is about life today, and forever! Jesus said; I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

Paul wrote in Romans 8; And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. 

All because He Lives, have a great week!




01-27-2016 at 8:16 PM
Tom Hagan
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