‘The Impermanence of Death’

Job on the Impermanence of Death:

“As a result of Satan’s accusations—Job lost his entire ranching operation that consisted of 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. But, at the end of this time of testing and suffering, God restored his health, and in the process of restoring his business, He doubled the number of his livestock.

But, God did not double the number of children he fathered in what might be called his “second family.” His first family consisted of 10 children — 7 sons and 3 daughters. His second family was the same — 7 sons and 3 daughters.

The reason God did not double Job’s second family is that he never really lost his first family. Unlike his livestock, Job still had his original family, even though they had died. At the very moment this is being read, Job and his wife have 20 children with them — 14 sons and 6 daughters.

What does that mean for us? The answer is obvious.

Death temporarily separates Christians from each other, but it is absolutely impossible for death to separate Christians from each other forever. You see, Jesus has taken any such power away from Satan and death (1 Corinthians 15:54). That is why Paul, in writing about the rapture in 1 Thessalonians 4:18, could say, “Therefore, comfort one another with these words.”

Christians do not hope in death, for our Blessed Hope is that we will be alive when Jesus returns for us (as seen in Titus 2:11). And, that hope includes the promise that if we do die we will be gloriously resurrected when Jesus returns in the air for His Church.

I believe the overwhelming majority of Christians have already gone into the presence of our Lord through the door of death. And, if Luke 21:28 can be taken to mean what it says, then

I believe the return of Jesus for us is imminent.

Regarding physical death, we must never forget that ‘it is merely a narrow threshold over which we cross as we step into eternity with Jesus.’ It is not a room into which we enter and abide. Further, we know death does not, because it cannot, permanently separate us from the personal presence of our redeemed loved ones.Nathan Jones, Internet Evangelist; Lamb & Lion Ministries. (Excerpt) Read more from his article titled “Truths from Job

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