We all are…
August 18th, 2019
This morning I read an email from one of our pastors regarding the passing of a Brother in Christ Jesus. It’s never easy to let go of someone, and especially traumatic the closer we are to them.
I stepped outside to pray a prayer for the family, I didn’t pray for the brother that had passed because he is resting in the arms of our Savior at this very second. His journey is complete, and the race has been run.
Thanksgiving is welling up inside me. While I understand the serenity of the peace that passes understanding, it still feels oddly out of place, because I understand the pain his loved ones are dealing with right now; I have been where they are.
The thanksgiving I am feeling, is only because another of God’s Children is now with their Father. Regardless of how much it hurts us at this moment, there is celebration in Heaven as one of God’s own sons has arrived home.
While I feel the sting of his passing because of or bond in the Lord, I’m even closer to his family, as they are my friends.
Realizing it wasn’t sympathy, but empathy I was feeling, blended in with joy and peace mixed in; I couldn’t help but reflect on the blood and water mixed together flowing from the wounded side of our Lord.
It was His intentional act of giving Himself in our place to secure our redemption from the grasp of sin and death.
Life Doesn’t End
We are eternal beings, despite what our flesh would have us perceive. That veil that shrouds us in this life of time and space is nothing more than a construct of the Creator. Our finite understanding of life and its meanings is entirely based on what we can see, hear, touch and feel. The sum of our experiences can’t tell the story that God’s Word does.
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:1-5 (NLT)
The Word is the written expression of the physical Messiah, who came to eliminate the necessity of eternal death and suffering. So, as this physical life draws to a close, our eternal existence can be with He who created us and spoke the universe into being.
That veil was shattered when Jesus died for us on the cross. As the curtain (veil) was torn from top to bottom in the temple, Jesus shredded the shroud that engulfed humanity.
At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead.
Matthew 27:51-52 (NLT)
This resurrection of the dead upon the death of our Savior was to proclaim to the world that there is life resulting from the death of the Holy One of God sent to be our Sacrificial Lamb.
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”
John 11:25-26a (NLT)
We live on past this physical grave we are all destine to should the Lord Jesus tarry in his return. Life doesn’t end here, but real life begins when we surrender our hearts and souls to that precious Lamb of God who died in our place, so that we might have Life and to have it more abundantly.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 (NLT)
This is Jesus promise to everyone who believes in Him and trusts Him for their salvation. We truly never really die; we are only going to our eternal home.
My prayers are with the family of this Brother in Christ, and my heart with those who love him, and whom he loved.
Be certain you know the way and are “Going Home”!
In His Grace!