Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)
The Heart Is Comforted
Death is always an unwelcome guest in the home. The appointment can never be dismissed and living with the knowledge of its reality does not diminish the sorrow that fills the heart when the vale of death shadows over the family. Abel, son of Adam and Eve was the first to experience this malady that accompanied sin and has continued unabated for thousands of years. It will never stop until that final day when the King of Kings returns to bring an end to death and Hades. What a day of rejoicing that will be. Until that time death stings the hearts of all humanity.
It is difficult to imagine how Adam and Eve reacted to the death of their son. They had to understand life and death and most tragically the cause of their son’s death. In every generation, death marred the bounty of life and men sought for answers. Men like Abraham found faith in the Lord as their comfort to see a place far away that death had no hold or victory. Moses, David, Jeremiah and all those who followed the Lord God could see death for what it really was and lived with the knowledge of everlasting life beyond the vale of tears. The New Testament is filled with the examples of men and women who faced death with a calm assurance living in the good hope by God’s grace. Jesus embraced death as the price to be paid to redeem all mankind and He did so with calm joy.
There is no greater joy than the death of God’s saints. All of His children are saints. To die as a Christian is to die serving the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be sorrow for the family as a husband, father and grandfather slips the bonds of mortal life into eternal rest but there is comfort in knowing that when the faithful soldiers of Christ lay aside their armor, glory awaits. Faithful disciples of God die in the arms of the Eternal Father. He sends His angels to carry the spirit to the realm of the dead called the bosom of Abraham. There is no more pain, no sorrow and no tears. As the body slowly dies, the comfort of God’s love effuses the spirit with everlasting consolation. Death becomes rest. Joy enters the mind as the glories of eternal life open up in realized hope by the amazing grace of God. A family mourns. Angels in glory rejoice and the Father says, “Welcome home.”
The blessings given by the Lord Jesus Christ and our God and Father will bring comfort to the heart and establish our lives in every good word and work. The saints have gone home but there is much work to be done. With each passing day, the cloud of witness bears the image of another saint who stands watch to encourage our hearts and lift our spirits to a higher plane. They have finished the race and their lives will exhort us to continue to strive for the upward calling of Jesus Christ. We know God loves us and with His everlasting consolation, we fight the good fight of faith. Death brings tears but mixed among those salty expressions of sadness is the water that flows from the throne of God. We are comforted. We are established. Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.