“... and was gathered to his people.”
Have you ever thought about your own death? Death is the most guaranteed event of our lives. The probability of death is still one out of one, and is intricately connected to us, as a fish is to the sea. In other words, death is a perfectly natural occurrence and its visit shouldn’t surprise us; but it does, because no one is ever completely prepared to face death.
Abraham died and was gathered to his people. What people? Abraham was reunited with Adam, Enoch, Noah, and many other servants of the living God. Ever since the time of Abraham, mankind has believed in the afterlife, even the Egyptians! This is why God was called the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, simply because they were alive with God after death.
There is a multitude of believers waiting for us in God’s glorious presence. This is God’s family; these are the people of God from every age and race. One day we will be reunited forever with them, either through death, or through the “Rapture.”
Our faith in the Lord we love gives us hope for the future. We have faith in the Christ that died for us on the cross and resurrected three days later. We will die physically one day, but we will live forever through the power of the resurrection.
If everything I have been saying is true (and surely it is), then death is not as bad as they say. Death for the Christian is the bridge leading to a better life. Death also will gather us with our true family in heaven and with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Isn’t death sweet?
“I am a stranger and an alien residing among you;”
Every child of God has felt some type of rejection from the world. This is a natural reaction, if we consider the fact that to them, we are strangers. One may even say that the world thinks that Christians are extraterrestrial beings.
Is this true?
Well, the Bible says that we have been born again or that we are born from “above” (John 3:3). Although we live in this world, we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20) and we now belong to God’s family.
No wonder the unbelieving society calls us aliens! They don’t know what to do with such a “stubborn” and “intolerant” group of “religious fanatics.” The world does not understand our faith, and rejects our values and traditions.
This, in a nutshell, was Abraham’s situation. He was a pilgrim on this earth, who didn’t own as much as a small lot to bury his beloved Sarah, even though he was rich.
Why then, do we trouble ourselves listening to those who reject our God? We are pilgrims and sojourners who are just “passing by.” Some of us will never be able enjoy a home of our own, but we have a heavenly home, and we have God. Isn’t that enough?
Let the world call us what they will, it will not matter. We are a different race for sure. We are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood a holy nation, God’s own people...” (I Peter 2:9).
I don’t know about you, but I am ready to leave this world behind today. Heaven is my real home, God is my real Father and I can’t wait to see the rest of my real family.