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Life & Death

Some years ago, as I was celebrating my birthday with friends, I remarked that I was one year closer to being with Jesus. At this remark, my friend laughed nervously and replied, “What a morbid way of thinking!”

Perhaps, my comment was too gloomy for my friend. He saw death as the end to all that is good and enjoyable. But for a Christian, the Bible speaks of death, not as a loss, but as a gain.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:21 –

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

Dying is gain for Paul because he goes to be with Christ, which he says is “far better” (v23). Death for Paul is not the end of all that is good and enjoyable, rather it is the beginning of enjoying a perfected relationship with Christ. Death is not gloomy, but glorious.

This week, I was reminded by this wonderful truth through the testimony of Elliot Soh. Elliot was a young man, diagnosed with terminal cancer. But despite being struck with this terrible disease, Elliot faced death with hope and joy.

Here’s what Elliot wrote:

Since the time I received the news about the cancer, I have not felt bitterness or doubt. Instead, I saw that I could serve God through this cancer. After nine months, I can see that it really did. I was just joyful from the start to the end. This joy came from having this hope in the new creation (which is heaven). Knowing that as long as I hold on to my faith in Jesus, I’ll reach the new creation some day and all these worldly sufferings will not matter.

Death is inevitable. All of us must die. Life, as it is, will not go on forever. Each of us must journey “through the valley of the shadow of death”. But for the Christian, Jesus promises that death is, but a falling asleep. When we wake up, we will be with Christ and when Jesus returns, we will be ushered into a new creation where there is no more suffering, pain or death.

The hymn writer says it very well:

There is a hope that stands the test of time,
That lifts my eyes beyond the beckoning grave,
To see the matchless beauty of a day divine
When I behold His face!
When sufferings cease and sorrows die,
And every longing satisfied.
Then joy unspeakable will flood my soul,
For I am truly home.

 

Ps Lincoln

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streams of water,
which yields its fruit in 
season” 

(Psalm 1:3)

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