‘But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren…’ (I Thess 4:13).
Most culture abhors speaking gloriously about death; rather we see it is as taboo and gloomy occurrence to talk about. Today’s message will attempt to present God’s perspective of death of a believer. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but no one want to die before transiting to heaven. Yes, there are few exemptions to this step – the taking away of Elijah to heaven in a whirlwind (II Kings 2:11) and the expected miraculous taking away of the saints during the rapture (I Thess 4:17). God’s Word makes death simple and un-scary for those who place their confidence in Jesus Christ. Couple of those Words are reproduced below:
– Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (Psalm 116:15). From God’s perspective, when a saint/born again child of God drops his mortal body (dies), the event opens the door ajar for him to enjoy perfect, eternal and blissful fellowship with the trinity and the host of heaven.
-And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write, blessed are the death which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them (Rev 14:13). We see the Lord advising here that death should not be seen as a tragedy, but a stop to earthly labour and triumphal entry to eternal life in Christ.
Among many reasons why we sob, cry and are sorrowful when a believer dies may be: ignorance of heavenly rest awaiting the individual, lack of understanding that man is not supposed to live forever here on earth since the fall of Adam & Eve (Gen 6:3); but if you can surrender your life to Jesus, He has promised you eternal life when you drop your mortal body (Matt 11:28).
Are you frightened by the mention of “death” because of agitation of losing earthly glories, wealth and stuffs that you have accumulated over time? Remember the story of the rich, young ruler in Mk 10:17-27 and learn some lessons from there.
Finally, anytime you’re reminded of death as a believer, your submission should be: “whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8).