The death of a loved one will surely cause a person to have a heavy heart. There’s a sense of deep sorrow. There’s the feeling of loss and the realization of all the changes that will come to your life. Imagine that a dear friend of yours has an aching heart like I just described – how would you try to cheer them up? Words often fail at a time when you want so badly to lift a drooping heart.
In Luke 24 we find that Christ has been crucified and it’s now three days later. A group of women made their way to the tomb. They were sad at the loss of their Savior. Their hearts were trying to grapple with the great sorrow they had experienced. When they arrived, they found that the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty! Then, to add to stress in their fearful hearts, they are greeted by two angels! The angels had seen their grief and their sorrow. What did they angels say to them?
Remember how he (Jesus) spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
They reminded the women what Jesus had told them was going to happen; they reminded them of His Words! Then Luke goes on to say, “And they remembered his words.” I can just see the women’s faces lighting up at the remembrance of what Jesus had told them before He died. They may have nodded with an understanding of the scene before them. Then they left rejoicing and went to tell the disciples the good news!
All it took to encourage those sorrowful women was to remind them of Jesus’ words. What a good example for us to follow! If we want to encourage someone who is disheartened, for whatever reason – whether it’s sorrow in death, poor health, a financial setback, or the ruin of their plans, let’s follow the example of the angels and encourage their grieving hearts by reminding them of Jesus’ words! We need to share a promise that Jesus made; His Word is full of them!
- I will come again.
- I am building a mansion for you.
- My God shall supply all your needs.
- I will never leave you nor forsake you.
- He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
- God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and their shall be no more death…
What is one promise of Jesus’ that you’re thankful for today? Pray for an opportunity to encourage someone with that truth on this Thursday!