In memory of a dear friend of my husband that went home to be with the Lord yesterday. Glen was a dear sage Christian in his 90’s who diligently fought for the faith up until the end. There is no doubt in my mind that he has heard “Well done thou good and faithful servant” on this day. He will be missed but Oh what a joyful day it is for Glen for he is with the Lord!
“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Revelation 21:2
See what little cause believers have to fear death when it brings such glorious benefits. Is it not a blessed thing to see God, to love God, and to live forever in the bosom of divine love? Is it not a blessed thing to meet our godly relations in heaven? Why should the saints be afraid of their blessings? What hurt does death, but take us from among fiery serpents and place us among angels? What hurt does it do, but to clothe us with the robe of immortality? Has he any wrong done him that has his sackcloth pulled off and has cloth of gold upon him? Fear not dying, you cannot live but by dying.
You, whose hearts are purified by faith, spend much time in musing upon those glorious benefits which you shall have by Christ at death. We should contemplate the celestial glory, when we shall see God face to face! A true saint every day takes a turn in heaven: his thoughts and desires are like cherubim flying up to Paradise. Can men of the world delight in looking upon their bags of gold and fields of corn, and shall not the heirs of heaven take more delight in contemplating their glory in reversion? Could we send forth faith as a spy and every day view the glory of the Jerusalem above, how would we rejoice, as it does the heir good to think of the inheritance to be in his hand shortly?
– Thomas Watson (1620-1686)