Last Wednesday, I presided the funeral service of a close family friend, whom I also regard as my own mother. At the funeral, I shared the comforting truth from God’s Word, taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, wherein the Apostle Paul asked the people to comfort one another in the midst of grief and loss over the death of a loved one. From this passage, we see three realities about death:
First, death is not defeat but victory. The person who dies is not a victim of death, but has graduated from the pain, trials and the pressures of physical life.
Second, death is not the end of life. It is the beginning of experiencing eternal life with Christ. Death is actually passing through the door of having a temporal life to now having eternal bliss with God.
Third, death is not permanent separation from our loved ones but a preparation and anticipation for that grand reunion for eternity.
All of these realities were made possible because Christ died and rose again. The resurrection of Jesus from the grave provided that guarantee that one does not become a victim of death but rather welcomes death as going into the presence of the Creator. It is also not the cessation of life, but the transition into enjoying God’s presence. All those who died and we who are still alive will one day meet when Christ comes again and raises back the dead to life, and those that are living will be caught up to meet the Lord in the clouds to be with the Lord forever.
As we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, whatever problems, trials and troubles we may encounter as individuals, as a family, and as a nation, we can take comfort that the risen Christ makes us victors and not victims, makes us enjoy life, and guarantees our eternal reunion with loved ones.
May the power of Christ’s resurrection grant us comfort, security and victory not only today but all the days of our lives. Happy Resurrection Day!
Bishop Efraim Tendero
Secretary General, WEA