Death

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Although I have never seen it, I have been told there is a headstone in a cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama, which reads:

Under the clover, and under the trees
Here lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
Pease ain’t here, only the pod,
Pease shelled out and went home to God.

The headstone maybe in question, but the message is not. If you are a Christian, you need not fear death. Death is the vehicle that takes us home to God. As I was preparing this article I ran across a most encouraging thought: “A Christian is immortal until his work on earth is done.” Think about that for a moment. Death cannot touch you until God is through with you. You cannot die, and you will not die, until the appointed moment comes that God has ordained. If God is God, you will live as long as the Lord intends, and then you will go home to heaven. In that sense, every Christian life is always complete. I know that it doesn’t always look that way when we stand by the grave of a young person who died before reaching the prime of life. Truly the death of the young brings many questions that only God can answer. We can also question why
God is allowing Christians to die at the hands of Muslim extremists. But this much is true. If a young person or Christian dies in the Christian faith, that person has completed the life God intended for him. What seems to be a mistake to us is no mistake in God’s divine plan.

See you on Sunday!

In the light of His glory and grace,

Pastor Doug