L. A. Marzulli
I am still on the East Coast and my parents house still does not have power. I’m writing this from the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in the next town over and so I’m able to catch up on the voluminous amounts of email as well as post the Sunday Bun!
My mother is still very weak and we have no idea of when she will be able to go back home. My Dad was moved to the Veterans Hospital last Thursday morning, because there was no power, heat, or water at the house. My brother and I have been going from the hospital to the V. A. back to the hospital since Thursday. We’re hoping power will be resort today. Now onto the BUN!
I was in a small waiting room yesterday giving my aunt, my mothers only sister, an update on her condition. There was a woman there who was distraught and dealing with her own family issues. When I finished talking she was in tears and said how sorry she was.
I then began to tell her the promise we have in Yashua/Jesus, the promise of eternal life. I explained to her that death is but a doorway and those of us who know the Son, have the promise of eternal life. I then told her about King David, who after the loss of his son, stated that one day he would look upon his son again. He knew death was not the end…
As Christians we have the promise that: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord, (2 Corinthians 5:8)
For those of us who know Him, who have an ongoing relationship with the living God, our belief that we shall be in His presence is not fantasy, or some vain hope. We know with certainty that we will be with Him, that death is but a doorway and as Richard Shaw states, death is highly overrated!
Paul admonishes us: For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:15)
However, we are not miserable! We are not delusional! We do not have some vain imagination of eternity with a loving God, as it is based on a real experience—being born from above—so that: we love Him whom we have never seen and have the hope that one day we will be like Him…
In closing todays Bun: What makes Christianity different from any other religion on the planet is the promise of eternal life and this promise is free, and we can do nothing to earn it. We simply believe in the Son, Jesus, and that He was sent here because of all the nasty stuff we humans do—sin. He shed his blood for us once, and then rose again from the dead. By asking for forgiveness of our sins and believing on Him who was sent, we have eternal life! Yashua/Jesus is the second Adam, the one who sits at the right hand of the Father, the one who will give a white stone to us with a name only He knows! I believe He is coming soon and in time we will know Him as He knows us. This is our blessed hope!