May 24

Revelation 22:1-5

“And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” vs. 5

It’s hard not to think of death as we look toward the future. All of us have had loved ones die, and we know that one day our time will come too. It’s inevitable and no matter how hard we try, no matter what kind of medicines we take, there’s no way to avoid the “grim reaper.” Many people find comfort in the face of death by hanging on to a strong conviction that one day they will experience new life, and some have a vivid sense of what that life will be like. They imagine scenes of laughter and play in the presence of long departed parents and children. There’ll be banquets, heavenly choirs, and maybe angels floating by on clouds playing harps. It’s natural to have such things come to mind, but most all of us know that there are no earthly delights that can capture the heavenly experiences that are to come. John’s best metaphor was light and he’s not talking about sunshine or days at the beach. This is the light that swallowed up darkness on the first day of creation and it was present long before sun, moon, or stars. This is the Light of Christ and it has the power to devour death in all its manifestations. And knowing this really is enough! It’s all the comfort that people of faith need when death comes near!

Thought for the Day: What gives me comfort in the face of death?

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