2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
As I was talking with a gentleman whose wife had died, he shared with me that a friend said to him, “I’m sorry you lost your wife.” His reply? “Oh, I haven’t lost her; I know exactly where she is!”
To some this may seem like rather bold or even flippant assertion. With so many after-death theories, one might wonder how we can be really sure where our loved ones go after death, let alone where we ourselves will end up.
Yet, confidence is appropriate for follower of Jesus Christ. We have the assurance from God’s Word that when we die we will immediately be with our Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Thankfully, this is more than just wishful thinking. It is grounded in the historic reality of Jesus, who came and died to cancel our penalty for sin so that we could receive eternal life (Romans 6:3 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?”). He then proved that there was life after death by exiting His grace and ascending into heaven where, as He promised, He is preparing a place for us
(John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”).
Lord, when I take my final breath
And see You face to face in death,
Then shall my heart forever sing
The heavenly praises of my king. —Raniville
For the follower of Jesus, death means Heaven, happiness, and Him.