Isn’t that the dream of every bride? To marry the perfect man and live happily ever after?
Brides aren’t the only ones with expectations. We all have them. We expect to live happily ever after when we land a perfect job, meet the ultimate goal, reach financial security, or we’d be happy after our kids end up just like we hoped.
I experienced my own “after” moment last week. I finished a live radio interview, and what the gracious hosts said after the interview is what made me giddy with gratitude. You can hear it here.
And if we were to interview Jesus He would say He died for us because of His love. He knew the “after” that would follow. It’s what happened afterwards that changed the destiny of humanity.
And three days after the crucifixion, He came back to life. And because He’s alive, we can be filled with hope. Because He’s alive, we live in security. And filled with life and love, He waits for us in the mansion furnished with promises of not just happiness, but pure joy ever after, forever into eternity.
And it’s that expectation that erases fear. “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” (Matthew 28:5)
Father, your Son did what He said He would do—die for our sins so we wouldn’t have to. And rose so we too can live on. Thank you for the gift of resurrection that brings back to life a new joy, deep security and profound peace. In Jesus’s name, amen.
- What will happen after you take your last breath?
- Are you living with expectation of the “ever after” in heaven?
- Or have you reached your “happily ever after” here on earth?
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