For the child of God who has been made clean by the precious blood of Jesus, death is swallowed up in victory. Paul writes, I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” For the redeemed, death is a first class ticket on angels air-lines with angelic attendants.

In the twinkling of an eye, we will be torn away from this old sin cursed body to a new transfigured one int he presence of the Lord! (II Corinthians 5:6-8) The grave is not a cul-de-sac for the child of God, but a thoroughfare for us who trusted in Him. (Psalm 23:4) We walk through death not into to stay. (Yay though I walk through!).

Praise God. One day the graves will burst open and the ones who have died in Christ, their bodies will come out and go to be with Jesus! (I Corinth-

ians 15:51-54).

Death is not the end of a toilsome journey, but the entering into a new and abundant life in Jesus. (John 10:10). Don’t view death as a destruction but a re-creation. A re-creation that is sinless, made to last forever. Paul said, “Corruptible shall put on in corruption and mortal shall put on immortality! (I Corinthians 15:53-54).

Death is not to be feared by the believer. (Hebrews 2:14-15). Death is not to the victim a sorrow but a time of glorious shouting. Death is not a losing, but a gaining. (Philippians 1:20-21). Revelation 14:13 teaches us that, “Happy are they who die in the Lord for they shall rest from their labors and their works (for rewards) do follow them.”

Death may be a parting for some, but Christians will have a glad reunion day. It is not a going away, but a grand reception in the halls of the homes already prepared for us. Death may whisper, you must go from earth, but Jesus will say, “Welcome home thou good and faithful servant. Thou has been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.”

Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Is death the last sleep?” No. It is the last and final awakening. For to me, to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21.)