by Keith Bellamy
You’ve been there haven’t you? That feeling of hopelessness when your whole world seems to fall apart is what I’m talking about.
You have this friend who worked miracles. You saw the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who had leprosy cured, the deaf were able to hear, the dead were raised, and the good news was preached to the poor (Matthew 11:5).
Now this friend was murdered. He is dead and you even went to the cemetery where they buried Him to meditate, to soak it all in as to what really happened. There are questions as to why this all took place in the first place.
Remember Jesus’ words to Martha after her brother died? Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25, 26). Do you believe this?
When we have those feelings of hopelessness then we ask those questions like they did when Jesus died. Much of what He said to His disciples still didn’t make much sense and they had seen real miracles. Yet, they still needed to be encouraged. So, we notice that He makes at least ten post-resurrection appearances to various disciples; one time to more than five-hundred (1 Corinthians 15). Many of those who didn’t believe became Christians because their hopelessness became hope in a risen Savior!
I have assisted in well over a thousand funerals. I have returned to those cemeteries to visit the graves of loved ones and friends. I can still hear their voices and see their smiles. Those who suffered so much pain no longer hurt. As much as I miss my parents I would not want to see them in their time of distress again. I choose to see them happy again and living. And one of these days I will get to see them again.
Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, so shall we be. For Christians there will be great joy and celebration. As the song by Bill Gaither says, “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
When life seems hopeless, there is HOPE!