Comfort in Death

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Watering the Tulips

02/22/2012

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus” - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Nobody is immune to death. If the Lord allows time to go on, you and everyone you know will surely die. This is a fact. That said, there is a vast difference between sleeping in Jesus and dying apart from Christ. There is great comfort in the passage before us, if your loved ones were trusting Jesus. If they were not, there is no way to find true comfort.

The subject of eternal condemnation is one that is rarely mentioned. The avoidance of this subject will cause preachers to lie at funerals. Surely, we all know that is true. “He is better off now”. “She is singing with the angels”. This is absolutely true for the child of God. However, to the one that leaves this life apart from Christ, the opposite is true. They are no better off. They have no fellowship with the Lord and His angels. “But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12).

The passage before us, though, has great hope for those of us that have family and friends that have died in Christ. Surely, our primary concern when Jesus returns will be our relationship with Him. However, He has gloriously given us many benefits throughout eternity. One of these great benefits is that we will be reunited with our loves ones that “sleep in Jesus”. In fact, if the Lord returned today, our loves ones will be with Him!

I have heard some dismiss the fact that we should even consider this blessed truth. Oh, how I am glad that the apostle Paul didn’t feel that way. Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, Paul explains how we do not have to sorrow like the world when our loved ones die in Jesus. He points to the time when Jesus will return with all those that have died in Him. He says, “comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). I think we ought to take comfort where the Bible tells us to!

Children of God, death is not the end. Death is a change. Really, death is the beginning of eternity. The death of a child of God is a wonderful thing. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” – Psalms 116:15. When a believer leaves this life, celebration is in order! They have finished their course here only to “graduate” to that which is “far better” (Philippians 1:23). Take a few moments today to thank God for this blessed knowledge that He has graciously given us!


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