Everyday, we as a family are hearing the news about the passing away of a loved one. The day before yesterday, it was a dear family friend. Yesterday, it was my grandpa. Today, it was my aunt.
Unfortunately, this is the case across the world. COVID-19 has hit almost every household. Almost all of us have lost loved ones. You may have lost an immediate family member. Or a distant relative. Still, you can feel the grief sting. You can feel doubt and uncertainty creep in. You can feel your spirit questioning the goodness of God.
In times such as these, let our soul cling to the hope of resurrection that God offers His children. Let our heart cling to the anchor of hope which will keep us afloat in the raging waves of disease and death.
Jesus, our King, is a Man of Sorrows. He is familiar with sufferings. He feels and participates in our pain. He cries along with us. Jesus wept when He saw his beloved friends weeping at the death of Lazarus. Jesus knew he was gonna raise Lazarus. Still, he wept. He wept to help humanity understand that He is not a God above human pain and suffering. Isaiah 53:3 tells us that Jesus was a man who was acquainted with grief.
He is not only a God who understands our pain but also helps us cope with it. In John 11:25 Jesus gives us the glorious hope that all of us can cling to in times such as these where death seems to be everywhere.
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?John 11:25-26
During times such as these, let us be busy sharing this hope with everyone we come across. Let us pray that God gives every person an opportunity to hear about the good news of the gospel and the hope it offers, before they leave this world.
Please don’t let fear overwhelm you during these times. Don’t let despair overcome your soul. Let hope rule and reign over your heart. Let the hope of resurrection flood you with the blessed assurance that this is not the end; that one day we will be just like our Savior and live with Him forever.
I would like to share some powerful verses with you which as you meditate on, hope will overcome the despair and sorrow in your soul. Your entire being will surge with the living hope of resurrection as you study and pray over these verses.
Before that, I want to share a few of my favorite quotes about this hope that we have.
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.Romans 8: 23-25
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.1 John 3:2
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will 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 will be changed. For this perishable must pout on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.1 Corinthians 12:52-53
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.1 Thessalonians 4:16
Lord, hasten the day of our resurrection. Hasten the day when the trumpet shall sound and we shall be transformed into your likeness, clothed with immortality. While we are still in this world, subject to the pain, suffering and brokenness of this fallen creation, help us grieve not as the world grieves. But help us grieve as people with the fire of hope surging through our veins. Help us never let go of this anchor of hope no matter how wild the storm gets. Jesus Christ, thank you for not leaving us hopeless. Maranatha.
Let this song empower you and fill you with the joy of our soon-coming resurrection!
In the resurrection morning,
When the trump of God shall sound,
We shall rise, Hallelujah! we shall rise!
Then the saints will come rejoicing,
And no tears will e’er be found ,
We shall rise, Hallelujah! we shall rise!Ann Downing, Hallelujah! We Shall Rise