by Pastor David Grey
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” – John 14:1-3
We have mourned through what we now call, Good Friday, though it was anything but that for those who watched Jesus suffer and die on the cross. And we have celebrated His resurrection, though undoubtedly without the same level of incredulous emotion experienced by those who witnessed that day.
Nevertheless, we are among those of whom Jesus said, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29).
He told his disciples that “many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:17). There are many who would like to have been there during those dark and then wonderful days but there is much to be said for coming after, as well.
We have the testimony of those who witnessed those momentous events first hand and benefit from all their experiences. Furthermore, Jesus calls those of us who would come after and believe their testimony, “blessed.”
In scripture the word, blessed, means to be “happy, fortunate, and to be envied” (Amplified Bible). That is you, dear believer. Oh, the pagans do not consider you to be happy or fortunate and they certainly do not envy you, but who are they to know?