April 25, 2011

BEHOLD THE MAN – Martha Toews Anderson

After Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 his body was taken by train to his native Kentucky for burial. Along the route the train stopped at designated stations where thousands of mourners were lined up for miles waiting to get a glimpse of their beloved president.

At one point where the coffin was set in state, a black woman took her young child up in her arms and stepped close to the coffin.

“Son, I want you to take a look at this man,” she spoke through her tears. “Take a good long look at him. This is the man who died for you.”

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are not just another long weekend, but an opportunity for us to behold again the Man who died on the cross for us. We need to take a good, long look at the One who died in utter humiliation and torture to purchase our freedom.

Thank God, that is not the end of the story. He did not remain in the grave, but rose again never more to die. Before He ascended into Heaven He assured His followers with these words,

“In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am there you may be also… I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:2,3,6 nkjv).

Because of His promise to us in Scripture we can know assuredly that when our sojourn here is ended our true self will go to live with Him in Heaven. When my husband passed from my side a month ago I knew his soul and spirit had gone to be with Jesus and some day I will join him there. That assurance is my greatest source of comfort.


  1. Praise God for Christ's sacrifice and resurrection and for His promises and assurance. It will be a great reunion!

  2. John ch:14 is the chapter we're studying this week in our women's Bible study. It has great commands and many valuable promises to hold onto. Thanks for your message.

  3. The ultimate comfort is knowing that this life is not the end.


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