Here are four things that death will never be able to take away from us.
Our Heavenly Hope
What can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:35)? It’s certainly not “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword” (Rom 8:35), and “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39). Sorry Satan. You lose. God wins….every time!
Our Loved Ones
For the person who has died in the faith and those believers who they have left behind, it’s not “Goodbye” but “See you later.” Death is not final for the believer; it is just the beginning and the beginning of something so wonderful that even the Apostle John had a hard time describing it (Rev 22). Death can’t keep us from seeing our loved ones or the face of God. It’s not possible because Jesus conquered the grave and tasted death for every one of us so we wouldn’t have to.
The Apostle Paul wrote that today, “we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1st Cor 13:12). In the transfiguration where Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him and they were allowed to see Moses and Elijah, and they didn’t have to be introduced. Somehow, the disciples already knew who they were, so that’s a clue that we will see and know our lost loved ones once we enter the New Jerusalem. Our memories will still be intact and our families and friends who have passed away before us will be there and recognize us, just as we will them. Death cannot ever take those memories away.
Our Presence With Christ
Death is not the end, but only a beginning, and so once a person has trusted in Christ, they are guaranteed to see Christ someday. The Apostle John wrote that “the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God” (Rev 21:3), and believers “will see his face” (Rev 22:4) for the very first time. Imagine that day when you finally see Jesus’ face for the very first time! Death can’t keep that from happening.
Death cannot keep us from our heavenly home; death cannot keep us from seeing our departed loved ones who died in the faith; death won’t wipe out our memories of our loved ones; and death cannot keep us from seeing the Living God and the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Can’t wait for that day! How about you?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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