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. – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Paul heard the footsteps of his executioners and he was ready. He could go because he had an invitation to a banquet. It would not be long before he would sit at the table with his King!
By leaving this world we enter the divine life where we will be with our Lord and Master, King Jesus.
The biggest victory
Some people are afraid to have to leave their bodies and go the path of eternal life. But we, as children of God, must not think and talk like the unbeliever. We are redeemed by Jesus; our soul is already saved, but our body is not. Our saved soul which has been cleansed with the blood of Jesus Christ, still lives in this body. Why should we be scared? Why should we fear? This is the greatest victory over that enemy, over death. We will be in Paradise forever and ever with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
You might think: ‘I cannot say goodbye to my loved ones.’ But consider that you already have more friends in heaven than here on earth. Do not wish for those who have gone before you to come back to earth either. They are free from the shackles we call the body, tent, temple or earthly vessel. They are redeemed! Fortunately, we don’t have the power to get them back. Friends, when that time is there, go happily and with joy!
The Bible says that heaven is a good and beautiful place, there will be no more death, no sickness, no mourning, no hatred or war. The day will come when we see heaven, when we will all be gathered with our loved ones around the throne of God!