Our son-in-law Thomas’s Birthday was yesterday so he, Sherri, their son Courage, Patty and I went out to dinner to celebrate. So the big deal in a nice restaurant is going over the menu and deciding from all the wonderful choices what you are going to have. It sometimes takes awhile for everybody to make up their mind, and it helps if we agree ahead of time to exchange bites so we at least get a sampling of food that we didn’t order. I got to thinking about dying recently because of some things going on in my body, and I wondered what it would be like if God gave us a menu with various options on how we would die, and when. I bet that would create quite a bit more “hand wringing” than choosing between steak and fish for dinner. I would choose this one,
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God.
This would be my second choice, actually it sounds pretty cool, I think a I will make it first.
2 Kings 2:11 As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
But this is the one that I would really choose,
1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
While we were at the Steen’s Mountains camping, hunting, and fishing the last couple of weeks a guy shot a buck with his bow and then fell down the cliff where the buck went and was killed.
Several years ago a fellow I knew had a heart attack while fighting a salmon.
My Dad died from liver cancer and the last couple months of his life he was at home and spent lots of time with family.
I could go for any of those as choices if I couldn’t have the rapture one.
So how about the “when” part of the option on the menu. I felt good at 40 with no aches or pains, and I could climb Mt Adams easy, and all my kids were born. Leaving then would have eliminated so much physical pain and disappointments in life, why wait.
I am soon to be 71 and I have so many aches and pains, I am always tired, I can’t hear very well, my eye sight is getting worse by the day, and I can’t remember where I left anything. I am thinking it is only going to get worse every year, a glorified body like that of Jesus sounds really nice right now.
I was reading about what is called dying grace which many Bible passages talk about such as Psalms 23, “even though I walk through the valley of death …. the Lord will comfort me”. Dwight L. Moody said on his death bed,”This is glorious! Earth recedes; heaven is opening; God is calling me”. Many martyrs expressed great joy while being burned because of the grace given them at that moment.
Once we get there the time will go rapidly, and it will be just like the blink of an eye and everyone will be there together with the Lord in amazing joy. Hebrews 2:15 says, “and He will free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.” If the Lord makes me stay here until I am 100, I will work as hard as I can and bear as much fruit as possible, but as Paul says in Philippians, “to depart and be with Christ would be so much better”!