Max and Gillian went through a parent’s worst nightmare, the death of their son Jeremy Fernand.
Jeremy was only 19 years when he fell off a running train on the 26th of November 2017. He succumbed to his injuries at Cooper hospital in Mumbai.
It was a shock to his parents and to all of us who knew him and the family. The pain was agonizing, the questions unending.
It was like being thrown into the deepest and darkest pit possible. Gillian cried out to God, praying that if it is His will let Jeremy be raised from the dead. We all wept. Friends and family poured into their home that dark night to comfort them, shocked themselves. The people from their local church enveloped them with love and comfort.
But something unexpected started taking place almost within minutes of Gillian receiving the news at home. She started saying, “Lord if it is your will, I accept it. ” She started praising God at that most difficult moment.
Even Max who was at the Hospital, once he overcame the initial shock, was able to reach out and comfort his shocked friends who were gathered there.
What we witnessed was the triumph of the Living HOPE Jesus Christ, over death, the fleshing out of the victory Jesus won for you and me on the cross, defeating sin and death forever, once and for all, for we know that after Jesus died, he did not remain in the grave for long but came back to life on the third day, a fact of history that sceptics try their best to deny unsuccessfully to this very day.
Max and Gillian have experienced this victory by believing in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. They were able to live it out.
At the darkest moment of their lives, this light within them shone through.
This was real faith, this was Christianity at its most powerful moment.. They were able to sing and praise God because they made a choice in their hearts to believe in the promises of God. They knew for sure that Jeremy now was, not in a better place, but in the best place possible, as Gillian kept saying in the days following.
Death was defeated that day and we were witness to it. This was when we started to understand what was meant by the eternal verse in 1 Corinthians 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The way Max, Gillian and even Gabrielle, his 11-year-old sister, conducted themselves during the days following the death of Jeremy was I think the greatest testimony to the resurrection power of Christ. Many people have been touched including atheists witnessing this. One said, if this is what faith is, I want to experience this. At the funeral where over a thousand gathered, everyone was comforted by how the parents behaved. It was almost as if the parents were drawing from an unending well, springs of living water and hope and joy just bubbled out of them.
Jeremy’s blogs have inspired many.
Jeremy’s friends who worked with him at 40 Parables, a company in Bangalore, gave powerful testimony to his life and how he was so different in many ways, his maturity and his wisdom. He used to think out of the box. [He was homeschooled by his parents as they believed that was the best way to impart their faith and life to him]
They said that he could handle any curved ball thrown at him, any difficult problem, and turn it into another opportunity for their company.
Here we saw that the greatest curved ball Satan could throw at a parent became another opportunity for them to display the glory of the risen Jesus Christ to the world.
All praise to our God who lives and loves us with passion. He knows you personally and his greatest desire is to bless you. Would you like to deepen your relationship with this God?
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Wonderful words Dr Matthews.
I too have many many testimonies where the Lord comes in our midst and sends Angels ahead to save and rescue in his time in his plan and for this i have been made strong to trust believe and surrender to God. Most important aspect of our Life is to abide in Him every moment every day. Life and death is the will of God. Every experience in our life whether good or bad is in the plan of God. We should pray in all situations to understand his plan and eventually we do. The purpose of life and death is a new plan to fulfill the Will of God. The truth that we go to a better place to our Creator and only Love is within the parameters of God’s plan. The larger reason and purpose behind life and death is for the living to fulfil their purpose in this life thru’ the examples and experience of their loved one who are no more present in body. The unfinished work to be accomplished by the living has to continue. All this for the Glory and Honour of THE HOLY TRINITY –
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Very encouraging words of hope that one day we will see him face to face the risen Lord Jesus Christ
Truly a great testimony of parents who have demonstrated the faith God challenges us to live by.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful post. We have been moved by your recent loss and often prayed for you. Jeremy was a great friend to our daughter Hannah (and her friend Alice) when they visited Mumbai. They had stayed in touch ever since. Indeed your whole family was a source of blessing and joy to Hannah & Alice and therefore to us too. Much love and grace to you.
Gillian and Max, you are living, shining witnesses of the light of God in this world. Thank you for being that.
Jeremy’s family has been such an inspiration. They always have been a powerful testimony of God’s peace and love. Aaron and I came together as husband and wife and as a father and mother, in prayer for Max, Gilian and Gabrielle. For our children Maya and Micah and for us as parents. For our nieces and nephews and their moms and dads. For all the children, all the fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, cousins all around the globe. A prayer for safety, for good health, but most of all, for the realization of Jesus. Max and Gillian, then and now, more than ever, you are the epitome of Christ’s living hope within us. Thank you, Dr. Matthew for this post.
What a wonderful God we serve whose love is uncomparable unimaginable unchangeable
Myself and Gemma are in awe at what God is doing with Max, Gillian and Gabrielle. Their obedience in a situation that could topple faith, their trust in Him who is working for them an eternal weight of glory is more than inspiring.
We love you guys, we are so encouraged by your faith.