August 27: Death and Dying
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them – Revelation 14:12-13
The first thing we see about the dead who are blessed is their position: they are in the Lord. They are in the Lord by choice because He elected them. They are in the Lord by blood because He redeemed them. They are in the Lord by calling because He drew them to Himself….
The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed – 1 Corinthians 15:52
Christian, this promise applies to you. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, then one day you will be eternally and beautifully transformed.
All we have ever known has been sin inside us. But we will be changed! No remnant of the traitorous rebel inside us, no residue of the wandering heart, no inkling of selfishness, not even the smallest yearning for pleasure or satisfaction or wisdom outside of Jesus.
You will go—not just a day, or a week, without any struggle with sin—you will go for years, hundreds of years, without any struggle with sin. Perhaps only then will it begin to really sink in: "I have been changed." Utterly, foundationally, beautifully changed.
All we have ever known is the inevitability of death — but we will be changed! Death will be dead, done away with. Instead of constantly feeling death’s unavoidable approach, we will live through eternity in the realization that “when we’ve been there 10,000 years, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we first begun.”
We will live every moment in the knowledge that Jesus is our life, and that he is not going anywhere! We can never lose him; we will never leave him. One day, dear Christian, we will be changed... and we will never be the same again.
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