El ciego ve, el sordo oirá, los muertos se levantarán (my reason for giving thanks)

El ciego ve, el sordo oirá, los muertos se levantarán… y tú mi Dios por siempre reinará.  Which means…”The blind see, the deaf will hear, the dead will be raised to life, and you my God will reign forever.  This is one of my (Cody) favorite spanish worship songs.  It is by Hillsong.  The name of the song is “Dios Sobre Todo” (God over all)  I love this song because it makes me think of Susana and it reminds me of the incredible hope that we have in Jesus.  That one day, one great and glorious day, the blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the dead will be raised to life.  I am so thankful that those who have already been called home to glory have experienced this amazing truth.  They are living.  They are not dead.  They see God more than ever.  They hear Him perfectly.  They are no longer sick.  They no longer have cancer.  They no longer struggle with sin.  They have been perfected. They are living with the God who reigns forever over all.

And this is the most great and glorious hope that is given to those who trust in Him with their lives.  Can there really be any hope greater than this?  Absolutely not!  This is what we as Christians should be living for every single day of our lives.  This is what we should be proclaiming from the rooftops.  This is where lies our reward. I love the verse in 1Tim:6:17-19  “In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”  Yes, my friends, those who reside in Heaven are the ones who are really living.  Pity the one who spends his days trying to suck all the marrow out of this life while ignoring the life to come.

These words comfort my heart so much as I still miss my little girl more than any of you can imagine.  I think about her every single day.  Every day I feel the ache in my heart.  My quiet times alone with the Lord each day often involve the shedding of tears as I pour out my heart to the God who holds her close.  It is a struggle which words cannot describe.  It is a place that really only the Lord Himself can meet me and bring me comfort.  And He does.  I fully understand now the verse that says “O death, where is your sting?”  Because, by far, there is no greater sting than the sting of death.  When I allow my mind to dwell on the natural, simply what’s in front of me, that is where I lose the struggle and become overwhelmed with sorrow.  But when I fix my eyes on the unseen (2 Cor.4:18) and reflect on the promises of God for those who hope in Him, then… I still have sorrow because truth doesn’t magically take away pain, but He enables me to bear up under the sorrow and to find my hope in His perfect plan.  It is here that my tears can often be turned to joy as I think about the incredible life that my little Susana is living in the very presence of God and the thought that one day, one great and glorious day, I too will share in that life with her.  O how my heart yearns within me for the day when Jesus returns.

So, this song just turns my eyes to fix on the hope that we have in Christ.  That the blind will one day see, the deaf will one day hear, and the dead will be raised to life.  And we shall all live in the very presence of the living God forever.

And this is what I was able to share last night with a guy I had the opportunity to talk with for about 45 minutes.  The guy was blind.  And as I first sat next to him and started talking to him, I was praying that the Lord would give me an opportunity to share the Gospel with him, the Gospel of hope.  And so, even though it was so hard to understand his spanish because I think he may have also had some speech problems, I was able to share with him the Gospel and the hope that we can have in Christ.

I shared with him about how Christ overcame the grave, and that through trusting in Him and surrendering our lives to His will, that we can have the promise of eternal life.  I shared with him how Christ already bore the wrath of God on the sins of everybody who will trust in Him, therefore as Christians we can be confident that we will not suffer God’s wrath.  I shared with him that the Bible tells us that our only hope is in Christ and His coming kingdom.  I shared with him that, for those who hope in Christ, that one day the blind will see.  We spoke some about suffering and I shared with him about my own sufferings of losing my four year old daughter to cancer, but I shared most about the hope that we have in Christ that enables us to bear up under the current sufferings we may experience here on this earth.

I encouraged him to read God’s Word and find strength, comfort, and hope in God’s Word and the promises given to those who trust in Him.  I shared about the justice of God and that, contrary to many that would say that God is unjust to send people to eternal hell, that He is perfectly just because, like any righteous judge, He must punish sin.  A judge that would not condemn the guilty criminal is no righteous judge at all, Just the same, for God to be God, to be righteous, just, powerful, and true, He has to punish the condemned.  And I shared that we are all condemned because we have been law breakers according to His Word.  And I shared that God, in His incredible mercy, provided a way for us to be free, and that way was through the cross.  I shared about how God did not just ignore our sin and decide to give us the promise of eternal life anyway, but rather that He did punish our sin and release His righteous anger upon it, but amazingly it was all poured out on Jesus so that we would not have to suffer it.  And to those who believe this, who trust in what God has done and surrender their lives to this God of love, those are the ones who will receive the promise of eternal life.  This is the amazing love that I was able to share with this blind guy named Alejandro.

This is the amazing love that we as Christians should be shouting from the rooftops.  There is no greater hope that we have.  In Christ, all will be made well when His kingdom comes.  This is our great hope.  The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will be raised to life, and we will live with our God who will reign forever!  That, my friends, is what I am most thankful for every day.  What about you?

Here is the song.  Disfrútala.

And I also translated the lyrics so you know what the song is about:

Todo pasa, mas tú no pasarás. All passes, but you will never pass

En gracia Tú siempre reinarás, In grace you will reign forever

La injusticia cargaste en la cruz. You carried injustice on the cross

Exaltado en gloria eres Jesús…Jesus, you are exalted in glory

Dios sobre todo Tú cerca estás, God over all, you are near

Toda rodilla se postrará… Every knee will bow down…

El ciego ve, el sordo oirá, los muertos se levantarán y tú mi Dios por siempre reinarás…The blind see, the deaf will hear, the dead will rise, and you my God will reign forever.

Cody