Friday, May 24, 2019

From the Heart: Joy Over Sorrow

Read 1Thes. 4:13-18

(13) Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

The Bible often time uses the word asleep to describe people who have died. In this context, Paul was answering a question the Thessalonians had asked. What about people who died before the second coming of Christ, would they be left behind? Paul assures them that all people “in Christ” would have an afterlife with him, not just those still alive when he returns.

Paul makes it clear in Phil. 1:23 that those who died in the Lord are far better off in the joy of his presence than if they had remained on earth.

Although we grieve over our loss, we should not focus our attention on the grave but lift our eyes toward heaven where our loved ones are enjoying the unending delights of a perfect heavenly home; a place where they will no longer be troubled by this old sinful world.

The homecoming of His saints is precious to the Lord and we should not be selfish, wanting to keep them from His presence. Let’s rejoice that our Savior has taken them safely to glory and that He will return to reunite us with them on that glorious day when the trumpet sounds, and all eyes see Him coming in the clouds with that mighty host of saints from glory.

I’ve Climbed the Golden Stairs:

When I have heard the heavenly choir

And left this temporal shore

I’ll thrill with rapture here unknown

As Jesus I adore.


Old friends I’ve known long years ago

Will bid me welcome home;

Delighted in that bliss I’ll rest,

This earth no more to roam.


What joy will be my portion then,

All free from sin and pain!

With death forever past for me,

Don’t wish me back again.


When you see this old shell of mine,

Don’t think that I am there;

I’ve traveled on to live with God,

I’ve climbed the golden stairs!  — H.G.B.


In John Chapter 14:1-3, Jesus said,

Let not your hearts be troubled, yea believe in God, believe also in me, for in my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there you shall be also.



Thank you Father for your glorious love. For sending your Son Jesus to take away our sins. And prepare a place for us in heaven. All glory, honor and praise be unto You, now and forever more, AMEN!


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