70 Years Ago, Bonhoeffer Died in Christ

Another Post-Easter Reflection on the Wonders of the Resurrection

Bonhoeffer and a Youth GroupApril 9, 1945, is the death date for Bonhoeffer, but for him, a beginning. 70 years ago he breathed his last breath as a testimony to his faith in Christ, the truth of the gospel, and the wickedness of National Socialism (the Nazi’s). 

Today he lives.

He lives not just because his books continue to sell and his life continues to be remembered. 

He lives because he died in Christ.

John 11:25–26 (ESV)

25  … “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus made a promise to Bonhoeffer and to you. If you die believing in Him, you will live. If you live and believe in Jesus you will never die.

Jesus doesn’t lie.

Easter, the day before Easter, the day after Easter, three weeks before Easter, or 1984 years after Easter changes nothing. Jesus is alive. The tomb is empty and all those who die in Christ shall live. He keeps His promises.

Bonhoeffer is alive. Its going to be a thrilling conversation beyond the grave when you and I get to meet saints like Peter and Paul, and Mary and Mary and Magdalene, and Augustine and Anselm, and all your family that died in Christ, along with Bonhoeffer and get to learn from them all that they have learned by going on before us.

Live out a resurrection hope today. It is the reason Jesus asked the question, “Do you believe this?”


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