“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. Luke 24:5-8
There was a boy who held tightly to a letter. It was a letter from his dearest Father. He had been shipped to Europe during the second world war. His Father loved his son so he left him a letter that instructed him to take care of his mother and in his siblings among other things and concluded with, “I’m coming home soon!” He gave him his word.
That boy held on to that letter as days turned to weeks and weeks to months and months to a year. Two years past and that boy read that letter over and over. He memorized every word and clung to the last sentence like it was his dad’s warm body. He recited them every night, ‘i’m coming home.’
Two years went by when there was knock on the door. It was two army officers who reported that the boys father had been killed in combat.
Though there was great sadness and tears, hope overcame darkness. The boy had another man’s words, a man even greater and more trustworthy than his dad’s; The words of the one who was raised from the dead. He and his dad had the words of the Savior who says, “I will raise you up on the last day!” For years that boy has been clinging to those words. and waiting.
Christ is coming! The boy will see his dad again. His dad will be coming home after all.
Through it all, just as the angels said – remember what He told you. Cling to Christ’s words. They are only words we can trust. They are the words of the one who has always completed what He promised, even rising from the dead.