I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Death should not be a difficult subject to God’s children. The wonderful and beautiful outlook at the end of someone’s life is made dark by the black clothes, black cars, body carriers in black, mourning cards with a black border, etc. It is all about mourning and defeat. I feel that I have to try to change the view of God’s children on this subject. Transitioning from an earthly to a heavenly life is the most beautiful part of the entire life journey for a child of God. As the Bible says, we will then defeat the last enemy.
From God’s point of view
The point is whether you view death from a human or a divine point of view. We should of course respectfully pay our last respects to the dead. But from God’s point of view, the person who dies in the Lord, is delivered from the chains (the body) that used to hold him. When you go to heaven, you are finally free from this body that was sick or deteriorating. We mourn while this person is already in heavenly glory for some days by now. I hope we see death differently. God’s children have eternal hope; we have our Lord Jesus Christ whom we long for.
Paul does not use the word death. He says: ‘The time for my departure is near’ (2 Timothy 4:6). He actually says: ‘I am going to leave this earthly temple, in which I have lived all those years. I am going to exchange it for a heavenly temple.’ Paul heard the footsteps of his executioners, but he was ready. It would not be long before he would sit at the table for a feast with the King.
Dear reader, when your time is there, let go of the earthly life with joy. We are going to a wonderful place and there will be neither death nor sorrow.