“Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them” (Revelation 14:19, NKJV). Here we have one of the ‘beatitudes’ found in the book of Revelation. The word “Blessed” means ‘happy’, not as the world considers happiness but because of the relationship one has with the Father through His Son Jesus Christ. Please observe only the ones who “die in the Lord” are blessed. The Lord willing, I will attend the funeral of a friend and brother in Christ today (1/26/16). This will make the third funeral in nine days that I will have attended of Christian gentlemen who died “in the Lord.” Their families will not sorrow as those who have no hope because their loved ones were in Christ, having obeyed the gospel of Christ and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb by the grace of God. Though dead, like Abel of ages past, their works and influence for good will be felt for generations to come. They are now ‘resting from their labors’ in the eternal care of their Heavenly Father.
How To Die
How to live
And not How to Die
Is the great theme
Of the Book of books.
However, if we,
Trust the God of Peace,
Obey the gospel of Peace,
And, if possible, live in peace with man,
We are assured of a peaceful departure,
And a safe landing on the golden shore.
It is when we learn HOW TO LIVE
That we learn HOW TO DIE.
- Frank L. Cox