It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that Joan Frost passed away on Monday afternoon, aged 97 years old. She was a
long and faithful member of the Great Yarmouth Seventh-day Adventist Church. Joan, with her late husband Jim, spent many years in service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Britain. We will all miss Joan greatly. We send condolences and prayers to all the extended family. The Funeral details will be forthcoming.
Daniel 12:2 (NLT) says, "Many of those whose bodies lie dead and buried will rise up, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting disgrace
". This describes the promise that those who "sleep in the dust of the earth", shall rise up. In Daniel 12:13 (NKJV) it says, “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days
". Daniel is given the certain promise that he will rise again at the end of the days. In Isaiah 26:19 (NKJV) it says, "Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead
". Isaiah affirms his sure hope that his dead body shall rise at the end of the days.
The promise in the bible is of an actual bodily resurrection for beleivers from the dead at the end of days. Because Jesus was resurrected after His death on the cross, as the first one, and said to his disciples in Luke 24:38–39 (NKJV), “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.
” Through faith in Jesus, we also share in the sure and certain hope of our bodily resurrection at the end of days if we die before Jesus comes again. This is the main and plain promise in the Bible. No other modern message or religion can make this claim. Because without the actual bodily resurrection of Jesus there is no good news. The gospel becomes irrelevant. Church becomes irrelevant. Faith becomes futile. That is why first century Christians built the church on Jesus death and His bodily resurrection. That is why there are so many eye witness accounts of Jesus resurrection recorded for us in the New Testament of the Bible. Joan held firmly to this sure and certain hope. May this be the faith and hope of all who read these words.
I encourage you to read the rest of this Newsletter, including our plans to re-open the Lowestoft Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday/Sabbath October 3rd. Also click on the various links to discover more articles of interest.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett