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Why are the "best days" yet to come for God's children?



    A doctor received an unforgettable lesson at the bedside of a dying twelve-year-old girl. Speaking to the girl's mother, he said, "Poor child; she has seen her best days."

    The girl overheard this comment, however, and replied, "No, doctor, my best days are not over; they are yet to come! I will see and live with my Savior forever."



    Death often dramatically contrasts the Christian and non-Christian views of life. Why?

The blessedness of the true Christian's hope is beautifully reflected in Lord's Day 22 of the Heidelberg Catechism, as follows.


HEIDELBERG CATECHISM QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 57 AND 58


Q. 57. What comfort doth the "resurrection of the body" afford thee?
A. That not only my soul after this life shall be immediately taken up to Christ its Head; but also, that this my body, being raised by the power of Christ, shall be reunited with my soul, and made like unto the glorious body of Christ.

Q. 58. What comfort takest thou from the article of "life everlasting"?
A. That since I now feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, after this life, I shall inherit perfect salvation, which "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man" to conceive, and that, to praise God therein forever.



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