Scripture Reading:  John 14:1-7

“In My Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.”  (John 14:2-3)

These are such sweet and comforting words from Jesus.  He has gone before us to prepare a place for us to spend eternity.  When our time comes to die, He Himself will come and take us to be with Him in heaven.  We will not be alone in death; Jesus comes to take us through it:  “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me” (Psalm 23:4).  Our physical death becomes the passage to heaven and when we arrive on the other side of it, Jesus “will guide us to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes” (Revelation 7:17b).

I have been with several people when they died.  I have seen the incredible peace that comes with their last breath.  I was with my deceased wife, Anne, at the moment of her death.  She had been unresponsive all day.  Suddenly she opened her eyes and had a look of joyful surprise and then she ceased breathing.  I am convinced that she saw Jesus coming to take her to the place He had prepared for her.  What peace it gave our family!

I have had family members of others who died say how they regretted that they were not with their loved ones at death.  My response was, “Your loved one was not alone; Jesus came to take him or her to be with Him.”  What comfort this gives to those who were not present with their loved ones in death.

Facing death is a fearful thing because of the unknown.  What we do know is that Jesus will come and take us to be with Him for all eternity.  He will be with us in our death and in our passage to heaven.

Lord Jesus, these words of Yours give me such great comfort.  I know when the time of my departure comes, You will come and take me to be with You forever and lead me to the springs of living water.  God will wipe away all my tears and I will behold Your glory.


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