By now, if you have read a few posts here, it is apparent that I am quite certain I will see Hans again. Heaven is a real place, no doubt about it. And my son is there; I am sure as a person can be of this as well. But experiencing the wrenching pain of losing a child has given me a new understanding of the need most grieving people have to possess the hope of reunion with their loved ones.
I have observed people who do not believe in an afterlife; the anger and despair that can accompany a loss like this can be shattering. Likewise, the mourner that senses there must be something more to our brief existence on the earth, but has no concrete ideas about it, is vulnerable to being lost in a quagmire of error that may bring temporary relief, but no true and lasting peace. I can see how it would be easy to believe anything that would make the pain more bearable. It would be easy to grasp at anything plausible that would assure me that Hans I will be reunited.
But plausible is not good enough. I want the Truth. I want what actually is. I want reality. Anything else will not help me and certainly will not do Hans any good. We have the Truth. We do not need fairy tales.
So, how can I be so confident that I will see my son again?
Is it because he was “a good boy”; was “never in any trouble”; “was no worse than anyone else”?
Is it because his family goes to church every Sunday and Hans never missed a meeting unless he was sick?
Is it because his parents are Christians?
No, no and no. Titus 3:5
There is only one assurance we can claim concerning where Hans is today. That assurance lies in the person and work of Jesus Christ and in the promises He has given us in His Word. John 11:25-26
So here it is in a nutshell:
Hans knew he could not get rid of this sin problem by himself. He knew he needed a Redeemer and Savior, Someone to take his penalty for sin and to satisfy God the Father’s holy justice. No one gets away with anything – Hans knew this, too. Romans 6:23
Jesus is God the Son which makes Him the only qualified Person to act as our substitute and to take the punishment we deserve. There is one way into God’s Heaven. Jesus is it. Hans knew this as well. John 14:6 1 Timothy 2:5 Acts 4:12
So far, so good. But what did Hans do with all these facts?
He believed them. That’s it. Romans 10:9-13
That is how I know I will see Hans again.
Because I believe them, too.
How about you?
What Hans Believed
The Gift Offered
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).
The Gift Received
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
“As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
The Gift Fulfilled
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
What keeps you from believing, too?