When you attend a memorial service, do you ponder about your own mortality? When someone shares with you about his or her illness, do you imagine how you would handle yourself in that situation? When you hear about the unexpected death of people healthier and younger than you, do you think about how we have no control of our life and death?
What should we do? How should we behave? Is there anything that we should do or say? When we join with the universal church and declare that we believe in the life everlasting, we are doing exactly what we are supposed to do. We are not doing something just for us; we are doing something for the others who are listening. That is the right attitude that we should have
Paul ends this topic with these words, “Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1Thessalonians 4:18.”When we have knowledge and hope in the life everlasting the next step is to share that with other people.
That belief and assurance comforts me, and it should comfort others. This last element is the consequence of the first two before, knowledge and hope. Because we know what is going on, because we know who is in control of everything, because we hope that things will be all right, we not only have comfort but also we can comfort other people.
We become the instruments of God to bring comfort to those who are suffering with doubts and fears about the life everlasting. This is what the apostle Paul has to say, “ Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.”
Our attitude is to bring comfort to those who are heartbroken. It does not mean that we will preach and teach during the grieving time, but they will know that we have the answers for their doubts and fears. Maybe we will just be there beside them, listening, crying, and mourning. They will know, they will feel, they will understand.
But we have to be ready at any time to give answers to questions about our hope in the life everlasting. This is what Peter wrote: “1Pet. 3:15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for thehopethat you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”During those sad and dark times people will look for explanations, some light at the end of the tunnel. We should be able to share with them what we believe, what we know, and where our hope is.
If you have the right knowledge, the right hope, and the right attitude, you will not have fear or doubts when you recite the Apostles’ Creed saying: “I believe in the life everlasting.”You will be filled with a sound conviction and an exuberant joy.
Have a blessed week,Pastor Lucas