You probably looked at the title of this post and said to yourself "How in the world can death be joyous?" I want to share with you two situations that have occurred within the past 2 weeks.
Death number 1.
My student at Boyd Christian, Cassie Pope. Cassie studied and read the Book "Muscle and a Shovel" by Michael Shank. She determined that she needed to be baptized for the remission of her sins (Acts 2:38). Friday evening,January 8, I was privileged to immerse my student into Jesus Christ.
Romans 6:4 says "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the father, even so we also should walk in newness of life".
Cassie died in the sense that her old manner of life died. She is now a new creature in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new"
I am so proud of Cassie and rejoice in her new life.
Death 2: Carolyn Turner.
Sister Carolyn had been sick for some time, we didn't truly grasp how sick. She died quickly last weekend. In just a few short hours, I will be conducting her funeral. Her death is a joyous occasion. Not joyous in the sense that she is gone from this life, she will and already is terribly missed. However, she died as a faithful Christian. Psalm 116:15 tells us that God finds the death of his saints precious: Because they died faithful to him. For the Christian that is asleep in Christ, those who love them can take comfort knowing that the judgment will be good for them. It is up to those of us who remain to live faithful to God as well so we can have a glad reunion someday.
I love you and God loves you as well