Separation. It is one of the most difficult things we experience on this earth. Whether you lost someone thirty years ago or three days ago, it’s hard. It is hard to go out and see something you know they would have enjoyed and realize you will never be able to show it to them; to see the sun rise each morning and know that they will not be there to greet the day with you. When the people you love pass on, your life forever changes. Death is the most trying thing we watch happen to those we love and probably one of the most trying things we go through in the process.

With that in mind, isn’t it interesting that the death of a loved one is the one thing everyone will go through in this life? It is not something only a select few experience. Saved or lost, good or bad, fair or cheater; every person on this earth will experience what it is like to lose a family member, friend or co-worker at some point in life. You may be thinking, “This isn’t encouraging at all! It’s rather depressing!” Look up our Key Scripture, 2 Corinthians 1:4. This verse tells us that those who have been through trials have the opportunity to be a comforter to others who have just experienced the same heartache. This is one way we can make a difference and be someone’s miracle. Words can’t describe the worth of a listening heart, knowing that the one hearing your story understands your brokenness. Knowing that the person listening knows exactly what you’re going through. It’s a priceless gift.

You may ask, “What if no one is willing to comfort me?”

Then I want you to read 2 Corinthians 1:3. If there is one thing that God the Father should not be able to understand, it should be death. Think about it – the Father creates life. He formed the first man and woman in the garden, He knows each person before they are born, He watches as every baby comes into the world, and when that same person dies, their spirit continues to live until the final judgment. We can only see one side of the story, but God sees it all. To Him, death is just a stepping stone from one life to another. Of all beings, God should not be able to understand what it’s like to lose someone…but He does.

His Son came to this world and died for people who didn’t want Him to be their teacher, healer or Lord. On Calvary, Jesus physically died and buried that same day in a garden tomb. God the Father knows what it was like to watch His Son, His only Begotten Son, die. How did He bear it? Because the Father knew the secret…after three days, He would get His Son back.  

 
Listen to track eight – Forever Home 
 

If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, I want you to see your loving Savior’s arms holding you in one and your loved one in the other. The One holding you is the same One who holds them as well. He understands completely the agony of losing the One He loved – even if it was just for a time. Our hope lies in this precious promise; like the Father knew that His Son’s death was not forever; we too, will get our loved ones back one day. In that glorious city, we all will be together and finally, home. Forever.

 

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