19 “The sun shall no longer be your light by day,
Nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you;
But the Lord will be to you an everlasting light,
And your God your glory.
20 Your sun shall no longer go down,
Nor shall your moon withdraw itself;
For the Lord will be your everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning shall be ended.
21 Also your people shall all be righteous;
They shall inherit the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
Can you imagine being a nation in exile because of your sin against God and hearing these words of a future promise in a future place like nothing you ever heard of before? What a wonderful and redeeming God that we have. He has been in the habit of saving His people for a very long time. And not only does God save His people but He has eternal plans for all of them. The Apostle John has a similar view of eternity recorded for us in Revelation.
Revelation 21: 22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
Yes, our God is still in the business of saving His people and preparing an eternal place for them.
In the light of the loss of my friend, Pastor Phil, who went home to be with the Lord during the night, I have given more consideration to the passing from this life to eternity with God. God creates life, sin takes life. But sin only takes physical life for the soul that God created was designed to live forever. So all who leave this body with their sins removed through the blood of Christ and faith in that grace, in God’s eyes don’t die, we just go from this life to His life. We leave this confusion to God’s eternal peace and understanding. Phil now knows more than we can ever know in this life and truly is in the presence of our Lord, where we will one day be. At the end of this life sin’s curse has its last hurrah but the sorrow is short lived for the one who leaves us. We will understand this one day and will enjoy rejoicing with Pastor Phil and with all who have died in Christ.
At church last night Stefani and Kendall gave the message. They spoke on the Cause and on prayer. It is a joy to see our young people getting it and ready to bring their friends to what they have come to know. Keep them all in your prayers as some have started school and face the challenges of standing for Christ every day.
Have a great day in the Lord,