Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints”
Do you like continued stories? Let’s say you’re reading a magazine article or even watching a television program for an hour, and you come to the place where the hero plunges into the water to rescue his drowning sweetheart. Then you’re left hanging in the air with the words, “To be continued.” Oh, how disappointing! There is quite a different response to the inscription on the headstone of a born again believer in Christ. For you see, it would read this way:
To Be Continued Above
Yes, this life is just the first chapter of the book of life. Whether that chapter is long or short it’s not the end, but it’s to be continued. For the believer in Christ, it will be continued in heaven with our Lord. There is no break between the chapters; you don’t have to wait till next month’s installment or tune in next week to hear the concluding episode. Chapter two follows chapter one without interruption. It is continued immediately, for “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). So, what will the next chapter be for you? It will be written sooner or later, either in heaven or in hell. Remember, when your time comes to die, that is not the end, like many people believe. Your story is “to be continued” – but the question then remains, where?
The story has been told about a woman whose mother went home to be with the Lord. She was very much loved and a blessing to everyone who met her. The mother’s seven year old son expressed his great love and admiration for his grandmother and remarked with childish glee, “I’ll bet Jesus was glad to see Grandma!” I whole heartily agree. I’m quite sure the Lord welcomes home all whom He has redeemed. When we think about the death of a believer in Christ, our minds are usually taken up with the joy that a believer must experience when they first sees the One who saved them. What a thrill to behold Christ for the first time! Yes, we’ll be happy to see Christ, but He who loved the church so much that He gave His life for her surely rejoices each time one of His redeemed ones arrives home. I’m confident that when we who have trusted Him as Lord and Savior pass through the gates of glory, our Redeemer will find great satisfaction in receiving us into His presence. So, if you are a believer in Christ, whether you are facing death yourself or are grieving over the loss of a loved one, think of that boy’s words, “I’ll bet Jesus was glad to see Grandma.” I’m also sure He will be glad to see you too!”
Christ conquered death and broke its power,
By rising from the grave;
Eternal life He gives to all,
Who trust in Him to save – Sper
Death is the last chapter of time, but the first chapter of eternity.