Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He was born February 12, 1809 in a one-room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was elected the 16th President of the United States on November 6, 1860. Although Lincoln’s faith was very private, he did quote often from the Bible. Two of his four sons died before he was assassinated. It is said that the loss of his son, Edward in 1850 drove him to express more of a need to depend on God.
In one of his debates with Senator Stephen Douglas in Springfield, Illinois on June 17, 1858, while running for a Senate seat, Abraham Lincoln said this:
“Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.”
Indeed, God has created a wonderful immortality for his children. It’s called heaven. That should be our greatest hope as followers of Jesus Christ. Jesus died to bring about our freedom from sin, but he also rose from the dead to offer us eternal life! For the Christian, the grave is not the end. In fact, it is just the beginning of life as God intended it; freed of the pains, trials, suffering, tears and death of our current life that has been marred by sin. Because of Jesus, we have the hope of eternal life.
The NewTestament book of Titus 3:7 says: “...so that having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
What many do not know is that on the day Lincoln was assassinated, he reportedly told his wife that he desired to visit the Holy
Land. Even on the very day that he died, he was still seeking that deeper relationship with God.
So, today find your hope in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave his life for us on the cross...and then conquered death...for us...that we might be able to live with the wonderful hope of eternal life.