God keeps all of his promises.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
It is never easy to say goodbye to a loved one who is dying. Sooner or later, we all are going to have to face the fact that we are dying or that a loved one is dying. What do you say? What would you want to hear?
Read the words from the Hebrews passage again. They are words of blessing and words of final greetings. They remind us that Jesus is our good shepherd who leads us through this valley of the shadow of death—our earthly life. Jesus our shepherd paid the wages of sin in full for everyone with his holy precious blood.
We can die in peace—that is, peace with God—knowing that when our lives on Earth come to an end, our eternal lives with Jesus begin in heaven. That is a promise from God. God keeps all of his promises.
The believer in Jesus knows that by faith, eternal life in heaven is waiting for him or her. This is not just a nice thought; rather, it is true because Jesus lived, died, and rose again to make us righteous in God’s eyes.
What do you say as tears are running down your checks when a loved one is dying? Remember that tears ran down Jesus’s cheeks, too, when he stood by the grave of his friend Lazarus. Jesus brought Lazarus back to life to live in this world until he died again. When Jesus brings us back to life again, it will be forever with the Lord, not to die again. This is his promise. God keeps his promises.
Keep in mind the words of Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even if he dies. And whoever lives and believes in me will never perish. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25, 26)
Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, fill me with your peace knowing that I don’t need to be afraid of death! I know that when I die, you will take me to heaven, where I will live with you forever. Amen.