The instant Esther died God saw as the instant she began to LIVE with him. For death completed her purpose on earth. God created her to find eternal life in Christ and in Jesus she found it II Corinthians 5:1-5.
That’s the challenge facing everyone: will death complete, or disrupt our purpose in life? Will it be the day we’ve been waiting for OR the day we’ve desperately tried to avoid?
An 18 year-old college student went swimming in the ocean off Luzon, Philippine Islands. A shark bite left him near death. His final words were, “This is the day I’ve been waiting for.” We can understand Winston Churchill saying that when rising to Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1939 when 65. His entire life had prepared him for that moment.
But no...that was simply Churchill’s career-day, not his life-purpose day. The 18 year old boy lying on the beach bleeding to death had reached his life-purpose day. He had lived for Jesus to his 18th year and would see GOD that very day and forever after.
However young or old we are at death, have we prepared for our Life-purpose day?
Point of interest, then...instead of mourning our loss of Esther, let’s instead rejoice in her gain. For what would we leave our family as our last bequest? Weep for me, for I’m gone? Or, don’t weep for me, let not even one tear fall. What you dream of I can see, and friends, it’s worth it all.
I trust...do not get buried in the losses family survivors have experienced. Focus instead on the gain each deceased member inherited: each one I know a baptized, forgiven, faithful disciple carried by angels into the presence of Jesus who enveloped them in his joyous embrace.
And if we think faith in Christ is too hard to express at this time—is it easier to drown in sorrow than hope in God? Shall we seek to assuage our grief with MORE grief or lessen it with much MORE hope?
Hope. Confidence. Assurance: the message God gave John on Patmos. The same message he gives us. Don’t see what IS now; see instead what is to BE!
When everything vanishes, and only Jesus remains, we’ll be eternally glad we had prepared to meet him. When everything vanishes, and only Jesus remains, we’ll never be glad again if we haven’t! Fini