“We Only Sleep”

When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly
I’m gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it’s like
To ride a drop of rain
Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I’ll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I’m going
Don’t cry for me down here
I’m gonna walk with my grand daddy
And he’ll match me step for step
And I’ll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
Then I’ll hug his neck
So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can’t answer
So much work to do
But when I get where I’m going
And I see my maker’s face
I’ll stand forever in the light 
Of his amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I’m going
There’ll be only happy tears
Hallelujah
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I’m going
Yeah when I get where I’m going.
Written by, Rivers Rutherford · George Teren; sung by Brad Paisley,
“When I Get Where I’m Going”

What did Hamlet say….“To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream”.

New baby in the house?   Lack of sleep.

How about you students….

                                                                             

Need I say more?

 

“We aren’t here long, and there is nothing beyond the grave. 
So accept it and live it up while you can.”

That is such a secular point of view.

The word death conjures up darkness, people wearing black, fear, the Grim Reaper, the unknown.

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow?

I have a view, one that puts this one far from the truth – because eternal life does not begin with death;
it begins with faith.

Jesus’ death on the cross means a lot more than just a ticket to heaven.  Jesus said in John 10:10b, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”  When we believe in Him we are transformed into a new creation. We are changed from a life of defeat to a life of victory in Jesus.

Not only did Jesus die on the cross to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins, but He also rose from the grave to overcome death.  Jesus took the sting out of death, He defeated death. 

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, “But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”  This is where “we only sleep” comes in, because we too have overcome death from the inside out.  Those of us in Christ when we pass away, we are just sleeping for a time.  Those who are non-believers of Christ and His resurrection, do in fact die.

Another time when sleep was mentioned in the bible is where Stephen (Acts 7:54-60) was stoned to death, but it doesn’t say he died…it says he fell asleep…why, because he walked with God and knew Jesus would receive his spirit.

There is a peace of mind, when you pass away from this world, when you belong to Jesus.   

Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:8 says, “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”  Isn’t that comforting!

Jesus said that He was going away to prepare a place for us and He will come back again to take us to be with Him.  John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”  That’s a promise that will be kept for those who love Him.  We don’t die alone.

When you see people at a funeral of a loved one, who did not follow Christ, crying, who are they crying for…themselves.  Yes they will miss that person, that’s true.  Not everyone will go to the same place.   God is a loving Father who doesn’t want anyone to perish.  Ezekiel 33:11, “‘As I live,’ declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked’”.  To the contrary; God is loving toward all of His creation and heaven rejoices when a single sinner recognizes their need for Jesus and turns to Him.

When you see people at a Christian funeral, yes there may be tears, but just knowing your loved one belonged to Jesus, you can rest assured that you will see them again, so missing them won’t be forever.  They have just fallen asleep, to be awakened at another time.  We mourn in hope!  Because Jesus overcame death, so will we.  Romans 6:5 (NIV), For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”

Victory in Jesus Christ is eternal and it starts now.

The moment you come to Jesus is the moment your life will never be the same.