The Highly Esteemed Death

The Highly Esteemed Death

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

Psalms 116:15“Precious in the sight of the Lordis the death of his faithful servants.” “Preciousin the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” This seems like an odd verse. Whywould death be precious to God? Was not it the entrance of sin into the worldthat brought forth the curse of death? Certainly God abhors sin, and I would bewilling to say that individuals in their right minds abhor the thought ofdying. So why would the death of His very children be precious to God? I thinkthe Bible gives us some wonderful reasons. Lets look at a few. I. No More Suffering Suffering is simply a fact of life. In sickness and disease, we experiencephysical suffering. In trials and tribulations, we experience mental and emotionalsuffering. In sin, we experience spiritual sufferings. No one is an island untohimself. For this reason, no one is immune to suffering. Jesus states in John16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” {{more}}This is true for the child of God aswell. II Timothy 3:12 states, “Yea, and all that will live godly in ChristJesus shall suffer persecution.” One chapter prior, the Apostle Paulstates, “If we suffer, we shall also reign with him.” Paul againwrites in Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, andjoint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be alsoglorified together.” The Apostle Peter puts suffering in a practical sensewhen he writes in I Peter 2:21, “For even hereunto were ye called: becauseChrist also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow hissteps.” Amen!In death, for the child of God,suffering ceases to exist. In heaven, the Bible teaches that there will be nomore suffering. Revelation 21:4 states that in heaven “neither shall therebe any more pain.” For those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christfor salvation, physical death is the end of all suffering forever and ever. Butfor those who refuse Christ, their suffering has only begun. In Mark 16:25 the bible says, “Jesusrelates a tale of two individuals. One was a rich man who seemed to live in thelap of luxury. The other man was named Lazarus. Lazarus seemed to be a homelessbeggar who also suffered from physical problems. Jesus states that botheventually died. However, the rich man, who in this life suffered little, isnow tormented in the flames of hell. Lazarus, in contrast to the rich man, isnow comforted.” We can know that in Christ, all suffering comes to an end indeath. II. No More Sorrow Life offers us many sorrows. We are sorrowful at times of death, at times ofsickness, at times of mistakes and errors. Sorrows are present at every turn.But in John 14:1, Jesus states, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” Wecan be at peace knowing that in heaven sorrow will be no more. Again as we lookat Revelation 21:4, we read that in heaven there will be “neithersorrow.” Amen! Isaiah 35:10 states, “And theransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlastingjoy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow andsighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 65:19 tells us that God will joy in Hispeople in heaven and that there will not be any further weeping or crying.Praise God that in heaven we will never again feel sorrowful for any reason. III. No More Sickness At some point in our lives we have all experienced sickness. Whether just thecommon cold, or maybe the flu, or even something more serious like heartdisease or cancer, sickness occurs in the life of every individual. Due to thecurse of sin, these fleshly bodies over time begin the wear down and finallywear out. The Bible states that it is once appointed unto man to die. The ratioof death to individuals is 1:1. All will die. God,in His Word, gives us another comforting thought. In Revelation 21:4, the Biblestates that “there shall be no more death.” Death is forever wipedaway in heaven. The Apostle Paul writes in 1st Corinthians 15:54-57, “Sowhen this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shallhave put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that iswritten, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? Ograve, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sinis the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our LordJesus Christ.” Amen!Deathno longer is victorious. It no longer has any sting. Death entirely has beenswallowed up. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begottenSon, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlastinglife.” In heaven, there will never be another sickness or another death.We are victorious over death through Jesus Christ our Lord. IV. No More Separation The Bible states that when we are absent from the body, we are present with theLord. It is wonderful and comforting to know that as children of God, themoment that we close our eyes in death, we are instantaneously transported intothe presence of God. We that see to be true in looking back at Lazarus. In Luke16:22 we read that Lazarus upon dying was carried by the angels into Abraham’sbosom. In John 14:3, Jesus gives us the reason why our hearts should not betroubled. He states, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will comeagain, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may bealso.” Amen!Ifind it interesting that in writing of the new heaven and earth in Revelation,John states there is no more sea. Surely we can see that literally there willbe no great body of water there, but I believe that John was relating somethingfrom his heart by mentioning it. John had been exiled by the Roman governmentto the Isle of Patmos. This island was simply a Roman penal colony off thecoast of Asia Minor, and it was separated from the mainland by the Aegean Sea.I believe John equated the absence of the sea to be the absence of that barrierwhich separated him from all those whom he loved. When we see the picture ofthe new heaven and earth, we see an absence of anything that would hinder usfrom complete fellowship with Christ. Although trying as it is to us, the physical death of God’s children isprecious to Him. How about it? Have you thought about the fact that you one daywill die? You need to. You need to be prepared for when death will occur. Areyou prepared? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? If not, thenyou are not prepared adequately to meet death. Yes, it is once appointed forman to die, but the remainder of the verse states that after death is thejudgment. Two things are sure in this life, and no, one is not taxes. You canbe sure that you will face death, and you can be sure that you will facejudgment. Are you prepared? See younext week!!