‘I desire to depart and be with Christ.’ Philippians 1:23 NIV
In his Analogies of Nature, William Jennings Bryan wrote: ‘Christ gave us proof of immortality, and yet it would hardly seem necessary that one should rise from the dead to convince us that the grave is not the end. If the Father stoops to touch with Divine power the cold and pulseless heart of the buried acorn and to make it burst forth into a new life, will He leave neglected in the earth the soul of man, made in the image of his Creator? If He stoops to give to the rosebud whose withered blossoms float upon the autumn breeze, the sweet assurance of another springtime, will He refuse… words of hope to the sons of men when the frosts of winter come? If matter, mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of nature into a multitude of forms, can never die, will the spirit of man suffer annihilation when it has paid a brief visit like a royal guest to this tenement of clay? No, I am as sure that there is another life as I am that I live today!’
Paul tells us: ‘If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose?… I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.’ (Philippians 1:22–24 NIV) So no matter how difficult or blessed your life is here and now, your best days are ahead; days without end, experiencing the joys of Heaven. Make sure you’re ready to go when your time comes!
SoulFood: Gen 1:1–2:3, John 1:1–18
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