April 27, 2014

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Exodus 14:5-22, 1 John 1:1-7, John 14:1-7

Jesus appeared behind locked doors where the disciples were hiding and said, “Peace be with you.” This is just what the disciples needed to hear in the midst of their fear, failure, and despair. Jesus’ presence, peace, and pardon also enable us to find healing from the painful past. His resurrection gives strength in the present as he breathes upon us his Spirit, and affirms all of his promises. One of those great promises is eternal life.

Most of us hear the promise of John 14:1-7 proclaimed at funerals, and for good reason. It brings us peace as we put our faith in Jesus who goes to prepare a place for us in paradise. In the book/movie Heaven is For Real, a boy named Colton dies but is revived. He believes he went to heaven and met Jesus, as well as his grandpa and sister. Colton’s experience is giving people hope in the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The movie has caused many to ask questions about heaven and to find comfort in Jesus’ promise: “Because I live, you also will live.”

We have new life now in Jesus and the promise and hope of eternal life.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for your presence, peace, and promise that brings new life to us each day as well as eternal life with you in heaven. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Doug Hefner,
Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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