“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
I attended a memorial service last week for someone who had been younger than me but died unexpectedly from a medical issue. Her family spoke well of her; the church was full of her friends and neighbors. Her daughter said how much her mom had influenced her, and her desire to follow in her mom’s footsteps. That says so much about the person she was.
I can’t imagine how tough it is for them, losing a wife and mom so soon, but I am reassured by Jesus’ words of hope given in this passage. Of course we mourn when we lose someone we loved, but Jesus reminds us that we do not need to be troubled. Put your trust in God.
We trust that God’s promises are worthy and true. We trust that what God says will come to pass. If God says there is a place prepared for us, we can believe it and find hope. The good in any person does not die upon that person’s death. Yes, he or she will live on in those who follow after, but even more, God has made provisions for our eternal life. And those provisions center around Jesus, who promises to take us to be with him.
Trustworthy and true. God gives us hope in Jesus Christ.
Gracious God, I lift up those who are mourning today. Be with them to fill the gaping hole left by their loss. Renew all of us in hope, that our present life is but the prelude to what will come by faith in Jesus your son and our savior. Amen.