Speculation? I have none, thank God. I am not resting my dying soul on guess-work, but on the finished work of Christ. ‘I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that Day.'” 2 Timothy 1:12
What a beautiful testimony to the assurance we have as believers, because of the finished work of Christ! Bill and Gloria Gaither’s song “Because He Lives” affirms the same truth, the hope that we can face not only the challenges and trials of today, but the uncertainty of tomorrow as we realize that our Lord does indeed hold the future.
Let’s take a look at how scripture supports the lyrics written from a very personal time in the Gaither’s life:
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow … “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Because He lives, all fear is gone … “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Because I know He holds the future … “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
And life is worth the living just because He lives … “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
The first verse is a presentation of the gospel of Christ, reminding us of His death, burial, and resurrection. In the second verse you see the life of a new baby and sense the assurance that Christ alone can give. The little one can have a victorious life because Christ lives.
As we realize that God holds the future and makes life worth living for all who trust in Him, we can face tomorrow with all the uncertainty it brings. He is always with us. Nothing can separate us from His love. We need not fear death, either, because we who have accepted His marvelous gift of salvation are promised abundant eternal life with Him. Life truly is worth the living, because He lives!
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