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Dad Will Be New
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My Dad died not long ago, at 97 years old. He didn't linger. In fact, he'd been keeping house, driving his car, and doing his own shopping and cooking until about three weeks before he died. We were glad to have had him with us for so long.

But a hundred years isn't long enough. We all wish people didn't have to die. Does God have something better in mind for us? Will I ever see my Dad again?

The Bible asks the question, "If a man dies, will he live again?" (Job 14:14, NASB). Jesus answers this question: "Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again" (John 11:25, NLT).

These verses give us a lot of hope. But when will this happen?  In John 6:40 Jesus tells us, "I Myself will raise him up on the last day" (NASB).

If you're sorrowing just now because you've lost someone dear to you, there is hope for you. The Bible says that death is not the end of life. Just think of it as a postponement. Some day all your hopes, plans, and dreams that have been put on hold by death, will all come true.

Death Wasn't God's Idea

You see, it never was God's plan that anyone should get sick or die. When God made our world, there was no disease, pain, or death. These things were caused by sin. "When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race...death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned" (Romans 5:12, NLT).

In the beginning, God gave the first man and woman a choice: To sin or not to sin. We can't blame God if they chose to sin. It was their fault, not God's.

It has taken a long time for people to learn that God's way is the best way for them to live. Some never learn. God still gives them a chance. But some day the door of opportunity will close. God will put an end to sin and death. In Revelation 21:5 God says, "Look, I am making all things new!"(NLT).

When this happens, the Bible says, "He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain..." (Revelation 21:4, NASB).

I'm looking forward to seeing my Dad again, and being with him and all my other loved ones forever.

That day can't come too soon for me, what about you?

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By Bob DuBose. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW LIVING TRANSLATION© copyright 1996 and the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®.

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