Looking unto Jesus who, having returned to the Father, is preparing a place for us. This joyful prospect should make us live in hope and prepare us for death, the last enemy, whom He has overcome for us, whom we shall overcome through Him. What was once the king of terrors is today the harbinger of eternal happiness.
On the day my Dad died, his last discernable words were, “Don’t worry.” That was his answer to the question, “Dad are you afraid?” After that, all he had left to do was kiss anyone who came near. Once he breathed his last breath Mom and all us kids immediately began singing, “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, let the people rejoice. O come to the Father through Jesus the Son and give Him the glory great things He has done!” The king of terrors was dismissed with a “don’t worry” and once death had passed by, he was sent out with a song of praise. Even on the day when Jesus went out to the garden to met death he faced it with singing, “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.” Matthew 23:30
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:54-57
Can We Pray? “Heavenly Father, I know you give us what we need when we need it. I trust that when the time comes to go home You shall grant me sufficient grace to see Your place for me on the other side. How unimaginable are the glories yet to be revealed! Let my hope in Your coming, Lord Jesus, to take me home to heaven, be used to make me of more and more earthly good. And in the face of my temporary trials or those of others, please don’t let anyone misinterpret my smile at the thought of the glory behind it all be mistaken for carelessness. In Jesus name Amen.”