A new Existence
My mother-in-law passed away this past week; and as my husband and I prepare to travel out of state to the funeral, I have been thinking a lot about the transition into eternity. That, after all, is what death is. It is not really the end. It is the beginning of a new life in a new place. It is a new state of existence in the spiritual realm. All that may sound spooky or maybe almost science fiction to some people; but that is really what life is all about. Our life on this earth is temporary and in preparation for our permanent, eternal home. And, for those of us who know Jesus Christ personally as our Lord and Savior, that eternal home is Heaven. The Bible states:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18 (NIV)
This is the third in a series on Life in the Kingdom. We have learned that we are part of God’s family adopted as children. We then learned that we as a church are the bride of Christ. Today I want to share a more personal experience as I learn to deal with the death of my mother-in-law.
I was running an errand today and as I was driving, I turned on my CD player in the car. The song that happened to play was The Revelation Song. I thought about the scripture to which this song is referring: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come,” the living creatures proclaim. They do not rest day or night and never cease to proclaim the holiness of God. And since we are preparing for the funeral for my mother-in-law, I thought of her and how she is present with the Lord at this very moment. 2 Corinthians 5:8 tells us that: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (NKJV)
At that moment, while Kari Jobe was singing, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. Holy, holy is He,” I actually was envious of my mother-in-law. You see, at funerals, we are sad because we will miss those who die. But Christians who die are with the Lord and are no longer sad. There is no more death in Heaven. No more crying. No pain. No sickness. No sorrow. No arguing or complaining. So when we cry at a funeral, it should not be for those who have gone to Heaven. We cry for us. We are the ones grieving, but those who have died are rejoicing in the presence of God. And that, my friend, is something that I certainly look forward to. That is what I eagerly await–meeting my Savior and Lord face to face.
So now, my friend, let me encourage you to trust in the Lord. Give your life to Him. Know for certainty that when your body wears out and you leave this earthly existence, you will find yourself in the presence of the Lord.
“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21