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Patiently Waiting for Death

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday. 
Connie and I are in South Carolina at Connie’s sisters house. Yesterday, was Connie’s Mom, Pat Chambers’, 95th birthday. We gathered around her bed and sang happy birthday. Not sure she was aware what was going on because she is dying. The hospice nurse has said she could depart this life at any moment. 
It is a bitter sweet moment for all of us. She will leave this earth soon and we will miss her but we know where she is going.  It’s just a matter of time and we are patiently waiting for her home-going to heaven! 
Let me remind you of 5 important truths: 
One: It’s not wrong to hate death; our Lord hated it also. He broke up every funeral procession He came to by raising the dead. Scripture calls death an enemy (I Corinthians 15).
Two: Scripture says death has been put out of business.  As a Christian Jesus said “we shall never die” (John 11:25-26). Jesus promised that. “I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6). Paul told us that by His appearance on earth, Jesus “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). He abolished death? Some translations say He “nullified death.” Hebrews 2:14-15 gives us this wonderful promise! For this purpose Jesus took on a body of flesh and blood, “that He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is the devil, and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to bondage all their lives.”
Three: Death is still among us doing its best to frighten people. Death is like a honeybee that has lost its stinger (see I Corinthians 15:55-56), but which is still flitting around scaring people. Death is like a team that has lost the game but the clock has not yet run out and it’s still getting off a few good plays, all to no avail. Death was the big gun in the devil’s arsenal. But when he used it on Jesus it proved to be useless. 
Four. Jesus Christ has the keys of death, hell, and the grave (Revelation 1:18). Whoever has the keys is in charge. Jesus said “all things in heaven and earth have been handed over to me” in several places in Scripture. (Luke 10:22, Matthew 28:18). So, for those putting trust in the Lord Jesus, nothing in this world or the next is going to happen to us that is a surprise to Him. Jesus is Lord, now and forever. 
Five. Just you wait; The best is coming for the Believer! “Be faithful unto death,” said our Lord, “and I will give you a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). “I would have despaired had I not believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord, be strong, let your heart take courage. Yes, wait upon the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).  
The day is coming when we shall see goodness enthroned and righteousness prevail. So in the meantime, we wait on the Lord; we refuse to quit and we keep the faith. From here on, for the child of God, the news is all good! 
So when Mom passes, we will dry our eyes and give thanks to the Lord Jesus. “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again”–and do we ever! “even so, God will bring with Him all who have fallen asleep in Jesus!” (I Thessalonians 4:14).
See you this Sunday in person or online
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug