Ten years ago, my mom was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. There wasn’t a cure for her, and she knew she was going die. She was sad knowing she wouldn’t see her grandkids graduate from high school, college, get married, …
Since traveling with oxygen wasn’t that easy to do, we’d spend a lot of time video conferencing with each other. My son spent an exceptional amount of time talking to her online. He’d often ask her if she believed in Jesus and if she was going to heaven. She’d answer both questions with an, “I don’t know.”
He finally asked her why she didn’t know, and she wondered why was death so upsetting to her if there was heaven. We talked about how God is eternal, and since we are created in God’s image, we are meant to live in His heavenly mansion forever.
He rescued us from sin and death
The most difficult thing we deal with is death. Jesus greets us at the door of death. Jesus’ whole purpose in becoming fully human, was to die for us. He’s the living sacrifice for us once and for all.
He came to model what living for the Lord should look like by loving God, and loving others. So, lean on Jesus, and go to Him with our struggles. He understands what we are going through, and He offers mercy. He understands our greatest needs–the need for holiness. Christ suffered and emptied Himself to die on the cross. He washes our sins away and makes us holy.
God uses us to extend His mercy and comfort one another. He uses a little boy to ask a dying grandmother the simple, yet profound questions of life.
What if life’s greatest lessons are only learned through suffering?
How do you comfort others?
This post is what I pondered during today’s sermon.