by Narelle Atkins
I recently attended a funeral for a beloved member of my extended family. The funeral home was packed full of people who were paying their respects and supporting my family. I remembered the old saying about how there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Some people try their best to avoid paying taxes. But, none of us can ignore or change the fact that one day our earthly bodies will die and we will leave this world.
Funerals are a celebration of the life of our loved ones and also a reminder that our time on this earth will end, date and time unknown. It was encouraging to listen to a number of people speak about the contribution my family member had made in the community. He had not wasted opportunities to help others and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people touched by his life.
Four days after Lazarus had died, his sister, Martha, went out to greet Jesus. Martha believed that her brother would not have died if Jesus had been with them.
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha answered, “I know he will rise again at the resurrection at the last day.”
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. Do you believe this?”
“Yes Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” (Luke 11:23-27)
Jesus wept with Martha and her sister, Mary. He went to the tomb and performed a miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead.
Our loved ones may not be miraculously healed like Lazarus, but we have confidence in knowing that our physical death is not the end. The Bible tells us that faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour will bring us eternal life. Jesus has conquered death by paying the price for our sins through his death and resurrection. Death no longer has a hold on us and we can be comforted by the knowledge that we can be reunited with our loved ones in the life to come.