Death. It has a cold, solemn ring to it. The word brings to mind hopelessness, frailty, gut-wrenching sorrow, aloneness, and so much more.
Death is so final. So empty. So dead.
This week, on Tuesday, my kids will attend their first funeral. I hope that instead of the sadness, they will focus on the truth about death. Death is only a portal through which the believer reaches heaven.
Some may ask "Why write about death? Isn't death something that should not be talked about?"
To that I answer, Death for the Believer is not something to be feared. Yes, mourn their passing because you miss their company and friendship. But as a believercling to the promise of heaven. The hope of eternal life in Christ!
A wonderful, godly man from our church died this past Friday from a massive heart attack. We’ve only known him for about 10 months and because of cancer we didn’t get to really know him well. We last saw him in December when he attended the Christmas program at church. He has 2 grandkids that are about the same age as D & S. He was more than a grandfather to T & B; he was a friend and a role model. They will be much affected by his death.
There is a song by Henri Malan (1787-1864) that speaks about death for the Believer. I learned of the song through Sovereign Grace Ministries. When I first saw this song, I thought of Gene right away. At that time we knew he had cancer and was given only a short while to live. My thoughts were not about the loss we feel when someone dies, but instead about the joy it is for a believer.
Original Words by Henri Malan (1787-1864).
Translated by George Bethune (1847).
Music, Chorus and Alternate Words by Bob Kauflin.
© 2008 Integrity’s Praise! Music/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries.
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IT IS NOT DEATH TO DIE
It is not death to die
To leave this weary road
And join the saints who dwell on high
Who’ve found their home with God
It is not death to close
The eyes long dimmed by tears
And wake in joy before Your throne
Delivered from our fears
CHORUS O Jesus, conquering the grave
Your precious blood has power to save
Those who trust in You
Will in Your mercy find
That it is not death to die
It is not death to fling
Aside this earthly dust
And rise with strong and noble wing
To live among the just
It is not death to hear
The key unlock the door
That sets us free from mortal years
To praise You evermore