Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
I believe it’s a safe guess that everyone who reads this message has experienced the loss of one or more loved ones. We have had that phone call where suddenly and without warning, someone is gone. We have also had those waits, long and short, as a loved one slowly fades from this life into the next.
We are often left in a state of shock and then slowly but surely, the reality of the loss sets in and the pain and grief begins to take its toll. Sometimes we never get over the death of a loved one. My wife’s aunt and uncle were married 65 years. They were inseparable. When he passed in May of 2013, she was heartbroken and remains so to this day.
For the Christian while we grieve, we do so with hope:
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep(DIED), 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
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
-2 Corinthians 5
Like the Apostle Paul, when we die in the Lord, we have the blessed hope of being with him in heaven awaiting the great day of the resurrection of the dead and our eternal, intimate relationship with him free from all sin, sickness and the fear of death.
Those who go on before us, while their absence is painful, await us to be reunited with them around the throne of glory worshipping him and fellowshipping in joy unspeakable and full of glory.
In this life or the next, our hope is in Christ, in his mercy and grace which endures forever.
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or are living in fear of an impending loss, may the truth of God’s word and the comfort of his Holy Spirit bless you with strength and the heart peace that passes all understanding until you are joined with them in glory. Remember the death of one of his children is precious to him. They finally come home to be with their heavenly father forever. To hear “welcome home my beloved one” will be the most joyous words we have ever heard.
Sing the wondrous love of Jesus,
Sing His mercy and His grace;
In the mansions bright and blessed
He’ll prepare for us a place.
When we all get to heaven,
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
When we all see Jesus,
We’ll sing and shout the victory!
In Jesus name