Words from the Heart for Thursday March 12th, 2020
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
John 5:24 (RSV)
Death to Life
Canada’s oldest regular cemetery, Garrison Cemetery, located on the grounds of Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Initially a graveyard for French military forces, it has since been used by Acadians, the British military and the parish of St. Luke’s. The earliest remaining tombstone – and the oldest English headstone in Canada – dates from 1720, and memorializes Bethiah Douglass, 37, who died October 1, 1720. From June to November, you can take a candlelight tour of the cemetery, a lively and popular excursion, led by an historian.
Death is so final. At least that what the world teaches. As the family stands before the casket, the funeral director instructs them to “say one final goodbye” before the lid is closed. The world gives no hope beyond the grave. But the Gospel does. Not only does the Gospel give us the promise of eternal life, but it also assures us of it. And we don’t have to wait until the grave to experience it. John 5:24 says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” The moment that we receive Jesus Christ as Saviour, we pass from death to life. There is no longer any fear of the grave or judgment. When the lid of the casket closes on a loved one, there is no final goodbye, only a “see you soon” as we wait our turn for Glory. No wonder the Bible says that the believer does not mourn as others do. Have you passed from death to life, by faith in Jesus Christ?
These have been words from the heart.