If you can recollect your visits to the airport or railway stations, when your loved ones arrive there is joy and when they depart for a season there is sadness. At the departure hall there is sighing and tears, but at the arrival hall, there is laughter and joy. The arrival of a child into our family brings joy, but the final earthly departure of a loved one brings much sorrow and at times anguish to the soul.
When my mother passed I felt this deep sorrow and anguish as it was unexpected and happened suddenly and unexpectedly. But God was good to me, who send His Word and whispered into my heart that she was no more from Job 1:21
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord. This Word echoed in my heart and comforted me. His love followed me to the extent that, wherever I have been, He has kept me in close proximity to mothers love that cares for me. This is one of the many ways in which He assures us of His love to make known to us that His eyes are upon me.
Death is where the linear path called life ends. We are not going to return again through rebirth but as the Bible says in Heb 9:27
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
In death we cease from all our labours, cease from the race that we ran in this world, for we will never come back this way once again. Lifetime is but once then there is eternity, with or without Christ.
The short span of our lifetime till death, determines our eternity with or without Jesus. Heaven or Hell. They that have lived in Him, have their garments washed in His blood and have run the race for Him will joyfully meet the Saviour on the other side, to be with Him forever and ever.
Solomon in his wisdom says it is better to be in the house of mourning than to be in the house of feasting….
Lazarus was raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus but some day he would have died again. Jesus Himself is our resurrection, the one who faced death on our behalf, and took upon Him our sins and transgression on the Cross…the one who comforted Martha and Mary…May He comfort you and may He resurrect you out of every dead situation in your life today, and bring new life into it. With your eyes stayed upon Him, it is most certain that as you go through this season of gloom, or valley of tears, He will guide you and strengthen you and impart in your spirit a fresh touch of His Holy Spirit.
Stephen was the first martyr of the Church who was stoned to death for His faith. But before he was taken into to glory he saw and declared that the Son of God was standing by His throne. The Lord was not seated on the throne but rose up to giving a standing welcome to Stephen, the first martyr of the Church. Every saint who dies in Him is precious to the Lord. They were precious not only when they were on earth, but precious also is the death of His saints….
The Lord is the Resurrection and Eternal life who has promised to be with us through the valley of the shadow of death as recorded in Ps 48:14
For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide Even to death. Helping us to say
“O Death, where is your sting?
…….... But thanks beto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen