Friday, November 1, 2013
“…to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV).
Let us rejoice that a dear saint is now Home, and her faith is now sight!
Brother “G.,” our fellowlabourer in the newspaper ministry, phoned me late Wednesday night to deliver a bittersweet message: his wife of 55 years had just gone to be her Lord Jesus Christ. We both grieve and rejoice with this dear brother, that another saint is at peace in heaven’s glory. Having visited them both almost every week for the past four years, I always heard her talk about her wanting the Lord Jesus to come take us all to heaven soon (little did she know she would see Him before we would).
The death of a loved one is very difficult to bear, but the death of a loved one in Christ is both sad and joyful. We should—and do—mourn their absence, but there is something we should not miss. These brothers and sisters in Christ are still “in Christ.” The only difference is that the Holy Ghost has taken them far away from us so they can be eternally free from sin (and suffering!). They have left their physical bodies of sin, and they are now literally sinless. We cannot fathom the sights they are seeing and the sounds they are hearing! Their physical eyes closed so that their souls’ eyes could see the face of their Saviour Jesus Christ. Their weary, earthly sojourn has concluded, and they are now at peace.
We need not sorrow like the hopeless pagans (1 Thessalonians 4:13). The Apostle Paul reminded the Thessalonians that they would see their martyred Christian brethren again: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him” (verse 14). At the “rapture,” we living Christians will be “caught up together with them [the deceased Christians] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (verse 17). What comfort there is in knowing we will see those Christians again.
She is at Home at last!
NOTE: On his behalf, I ask that you keep Brother “G.,” his family, and his ministry in prayer. Feel free to read our (2008) Bible study “Golden Matrimony,” which I wrote marking their 50th wedding anniversary.