Certainties That Bring Comfort

A few years ago, one of our beloved elders went to be with his Lord. His passing from this life vividly reminded me that death affects all mankind — both young and old, male and female, rich and poor. Death is no respecter of persons (Ecclesiastes 3:18-20; Ecclesiastes 8:8; Hebrews 9:27).

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the apostle Paul comforted those who mourned the death of their loved ones. He told them that excessive grief resulted from being uninformed. Weeping for the loss of our loved one is natural, but we need not weep like those "who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Instead, we must rely on the following certainties regarding death:
As Christians, knowing these certainties, brings comfort to us when our Christian friends and loved ones depart (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11). Although we are separated from them for a short period of time (relative to eternity), we will one day be united with them again in the presence of our Lord. What a blessed and comforting thought!

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets