Death/Dying

Let me start today with a little poem that my wife found to be a comfort to her in hard times.

I said, “God, I hurt.”

And God said, “I know.”

 

I said, “God, I cry a lot.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you tears.”

 

I said, “God, I’m so depressed.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you sunshine.”

 

I said, “God, life is so hard.”

And God said, “That’s why I gave you loved ones.”

 

I said, “God, my loved one died.”

And God said, “So did Mine.”

 

I said, “God, but Your loved one lives.”

And God said, “So does yours.”

 

I said, “God, where are they now?”

And God said, “Mine is on my right, and yours is in the Light.”

 

I said, “God, it hurts.”

And God said, “I know.”

Author Unknown

 

This is not one of those “feel good” subjects, yet it is one that we must face regularly.

Our own questions and emotions about death.  How do we face it? 

Death is one of the most fearsome enemies that we mortals must face.     The Unknown.

For those who have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, some of the “unknows” of death are removed.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed…this mortal must put on immortality…then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”… thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. [1 Cor 15:51-58 NKJV]

For a Christian, death’s grip of fear is broken.  It isn’t the same type of enemy anymore because Jesus has been there first and rose again never to taste death again.

This answers one question about what next for the one who has died.  Paul tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Paul, facing his own soon coming end, wrote about it in this fashion in 2 Tim. 4:6–8 nkj:

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

He shows us that the way we live this life and WHO we live it for matters.  There is a reward.

Where does this assurance come from?  The words of Christ.

 John 14:1-3 NKJV “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to

Leave the examination room and said,

“Doctor, I am afraid to die.

Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know? You, a Christian man,

Do not know what is on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door;

On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining,

And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room

And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said,

“Did you notice my dog?

He’s never been in this room before.

He didn’t know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his master was here,

And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death,

But I do know one thing…

I know my Master is there and that is enough.

 

Our assurance really must come from God.  That is why we turn to the church at times of loss.  It isn’t so much the building we turn to, as it is the Lord represented by the building.  We go to HIS house where HIS people are, and we are given comfort from HIM.

It comes from the knowledge that we find in His Word.  Things that were written by Job for example in 19:25-27, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”  (NKJ)

Job knew and understood that this life is not all there is.  We will see God one day – face to face and He will wipe away every tear from our eyes if we have had faith in Him.  Pain and suffering will be over forever.  Look to Jesus in your time of loss, or as you are facing life’s final curtain – He loves you and will be with you as you give your life completely to Him.

Blessings,

Pastor Brent.

He is Risen!

 

It is time for us to walk in HIS FREEDOM by turning our lives over to God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.

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