His tears speak of a Savior who understands our tears.
Death is not some unsolved mystery. It’s not a dark hole in the ground. It’s not a long night without a morning. Jesus met the Grim Reaper head on 2,000 years ago and conquered.
The wages of sin is death. But God, who alone is immortal, will grant eternal life to His redeemed. Until that day death is an unconscious state for all people. When Christ, who is our life, appears, the resurrected righteous and the living righteous will be glorified and caught up to meet their Lord. The second resurrection, the resurrection of the unrighteous, will take place a thousand years later. (Rom. 6:23; 1 Tim. 6:15, 16; Eccl. 9:5, 6; Ps. 146:3, 4; John 11:11-14; Col. 3:4; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 1 Thess. 4:13-17; John 5:28, 29; Rev. 20:1-10.)Come with me to a place called Calvary and a hill called Golgotha one Friday afternoon 2,000 years ago. It was a dark, dark Friday. The sun refused to shine. Thunder crashed. Lightning flashed. That dark Friday, Peter denied the Savior. Judas betrayed Him. The Jews forsook Him. The disciples abandoned Him, and the Romans crucified Him.
*Scripture quotations marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Mark A. Finley is a vice president of the General Conference in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.