Scripture Reading: John 14:1-7

“And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3)

These are such encouraging words from Jesus. He promises at our death to come and take us to be with Him where He is in eternity. I have had several opportunities to be with people at the time of their deaths. I can’t describe the feelings I had each time I saw a person slip from life here into eternity. Death seems so unnatural, even though we know that we will all die one day. I was with Anne, my wife who died of cancer, the night Jesus came for her. It was a bittersweet experience. She had been unresponsive all day. One of my daughters and I were sitting next to her bed. Suddenly she opened her eyes and she had the most peaceful expression on her face. I knew she saw Jesus coming to take her home. I knew as soon as she breathed her last breath that she was with Jesus in glory.

We all have some fear of death because we do not know what to expect. But we believers can have a calm assurance that we will not be alone as we travel from this life to our eternal home. The Good Shepherd will be with us — “Even though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).

It is comforting to family members who could not be present at the death of a loved one to know that the one who died was not alone. Jesus was there! I have ministered to people who had deep regrets that they were not physically present at the death of a loved one. I reminded them that their loved one was not alone. Jesus came and sweetly took him or her with Him to glory. Yes, Jesus Himself comes and takes us home. Nothing can give us more comfort when we face death than knowing this. “Let not your hearts be troubled.”

Lord Jesus, I know when my time comes to leave this earth that You will come and take me to Yourself. I will be with you throughout eternity in the place where You are. I do not have to be afraid of death because I know that You will be with me as I pass through the shadow of it. Thank You for the eternal hope I have because of Your promise to me — “I will come again and take You to Myself, that where I am you may be also.”


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