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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Dying Saints

February 11

(Psalm 116:14-17 NIV) “I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. {15} Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. {16} O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. {17} I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.”

(John 14:1-3 NIV) “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. {2} In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. {3} And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

Scripture says the death of God’s saints is precious in His sight. It seems a bit ironic that God would call the death of his saints “precious”. What’s precious about death? Have you ever thought of death as “precious”? It is important that we remember God has a different view of life and death than we do. Our view is narrow and stuck in what we call “time”. God’s view is panoramic and eternal. Time has no meaning when you live in eternity. So while we cling to our time-addicted and doomed bodies, Jesus implores us not to let our hearts be troubled. He went through the portal of death and came out the other side alive and well. He assures us that there are plenty of great rooms on the other side in the eternal mansion he is building for us. And he says he is coming back for us! We are indeed precious to him. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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