The Heartbeat from Another

Bill Brinkworth

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:9

A couple, married for 72 years, was involved in a tragic car accident.  Both were rushed to the hospital, and in the ICU the couple was together in the same room.  The two held hands as they were attended to.

It was not long until the husband died, while still holding hands with his wife. The family stood around the two as their father passed on.  Although, he had breathed his last breath, the family observed that the father’s still-connected monitor showed a heartbeat.

Quickly, a staff member was summoned to explain why he still had a heartbeat.  The explanation was that, because the two were still holding hands, the monitor was showing the heartbeat of the wife.

What a picture of what Christ has done for us.  After a child of God leaves this world, he can still have a life in heaven, because of the still beating heart of his Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Jesus is alive!  He is risen.

The words from Bill and Gloria Gaithers say it well in their hymn “Because He Lives”:
God sent His son; they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.


“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 36:26

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