I don’t know about you, but when I am confronted with the death of someone, I always think of the day when I would exchange my earthly tent for my permanent house…
Now you might say: “Anina, how can you be so somber?”
It is a fact that death is not a popular subject to talk about. Many people don’t even want to mention it because of their fear of death and the emotions connected to it. Death is just not a nice thing for us as humans to talk about.
The truth is however that death is the one certain thing that will happen to each and every one of us.
The challenge is to change our worldly perceptions about death into a Biblical perception.
There is a thought coming from Irish folk wisdom that says: “Cry at a birth and rejoice at a funeral”. When you start looking at what the Bible says about where you go when you die, this saying makes allot of sense:
Revelation 21:11-12; 18-21(NLT)
11 It shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. 12 The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels. And the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates…
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. 19 The wall of the city was built on foundation stones inlaid with twelve precious stones: the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst.
21 The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.
To think of my own death is definitely not a somber thought! It is the imagination of a new heavenly city that awaits me!
Although we miss our departed loved ones immensely, and it is this that created all the sadness, we can for surely know that they do not want to come back to our broken world once they have entered into heaven through Jesus Christ!