Chuck Terrill: Confident hope of a better life

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

My wife, Mary, always reads my column first, on Thursday evenings.

Sometimes, she mutters, “That's dumb,” before moving on to the rest of the paper. I always feel a rush of accomplishment at such a remark. I do write some dumb stuff, just for fun.

There is an abundance of serious stuff in the world. At times, I want to look at things from a different perspective. I guess I need an excuse to laugh.

For example, I was doing some genealogical research. I found a cemetery in Vermont that had all of its tombstones available for viewing. Someone had captured a picture of each marker, and you could scroll through hundreds of them.

In doing so, one headstone struck me as hilarious. It was an old stone, made up of four lines, and it read: Maria Brown, Wife of Timothy Brown, aged 80 years. She lived with her husband 50 years, and died in the confident hope of a better life.

I am sure that the grieving widower did not intend that heartfelt message the way that I took it. But I thought it was pretty funny. It gave me an excuse to laugh, and my laughter turned into joy.

The serious but joy filled message is that a Christian has the confident hope of a better life to come. The resurrection of Jesus Christ allows our celebration of the confident hope of a better life. Jesus said that He would die, and come back from the dead, never to die again. History proves that He did what He said He would do.

On one occasion, Jesus spoke to Martha, whose brother had just died.

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.” (John 11.25-27).

Then, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.     

Martha's confession of faith is my confession of faith. I pray that you will make the same confession. Easter is the joyous celebration of a confident faith in a better life through Christ. Laugh a little. If you know Christ as Lord, you have ample reason to

Easter has slipped past on the calendar, but it must never end in the heart.

Chuck Terrill, who has doctorates from Master Theological Seminary and Trinity Seminary, is the senior minister at First Christian Church in Cassville. He may be reached at 471-847-2460.