SUDDEN, UNEXPECTED LOSS
Just this morning we heard that the son of a dear family is suddenly and unexpectedly with the Lord. For them and us, it is a loss. For him, it is gain.
These are times that humanly are impossible to explain. Paul exhorts the believers in Rome; “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Whether we understand or not, there must be empathy in us that flows out of God’s heart through us toward His creature. Particularly for the family of God (the church), there are Spirit inspired emotions that bind us together as “one body in Christ” (12:5) and demonstrate to the world the kind of love we have for one another (John 13:35).
But there is more than just sympathy. Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians have a perspective which we are given in Scripture that inspires hope, understanding and great comfort. Paul helps us with this view in 2 Corinthians 5:1; “For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Sin brought death, physical weakness and pain. Christ has delivered us from sin and its effect so that we might enjoy a “new creation”, a new “building from God… eternal”.
As I close my thought on this subject, I point you to the change in our capacity to worship. In these frail human bodies, there are limitations to our worship in “spirit and truth” (John 4:23). But in our new “building from God”, there will be no limitation. Again we turn to Paul for perspective: “the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” (Romans 8:21). That will be unhindered worship and unlimited joy!
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