Hope beyond the grave

September 21, 2018 · Print This Article

The news of celebrity deaths has hit the headlines over the past month or so. At the same time people close to you may have passed away, and this has left you with feelings of sadness and loss. On a personal note, someone whom I held in high regard died this week.

Is there hope that somehow our loved ones will live again?

Depending on your perspective, there are different points of view in this. Some say no, there cannot possibly be life after life. Others say perhaps but we just don’t know. Some religions offer more definitive ideas.

As for Christians like me, we proclaim the certainty of God’s love for all of us who live and who have ever lived. God demonstrated this love by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for us, and, because of that, there is a resurrection to come. Jesus, in referring to himself, said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25, the NIV Bible).

In Jesus there is hope for the dead.

james.henderson@gracecom.org.uk

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