As a child I never understood why we called the day Jesus died “Good.” Today it makes sense. Today Jesus laid down His life for us. As He said in John: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Today is all about God’s love for us. And also the reminder for us, that death is not the end. Our loved ones who have died, still live. We will see them again.
Today the Bible opened to Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians:
We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore, console one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
It truly is a good day. What might seem like a terrible day to those without faith or hope — what may seem terrible here on earth — can be the most beautiful thing — can have a greater purpose. Because we have faith and hope, we need not grieve like the rest. Our God is stronger! As I am typing the words to Chris Tomlin’s song “Our God” are singing through my head — rejoicing through my body:
“Into the darkness you shine, out of the ashes we rise there’s no one like you, none like You!
Our God is greater, our God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is Healer, Awesome in Power, Our God! Our God!
And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us?
And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”