The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good! It is unnatural! How can death ever be good? Thankfully, Scripture interprets itself. Hear, then, the good news of the Lord, “‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Blessed indeed,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest in their labours, for their deeds follow them'” (Revelation 14:13)! Thanks be to God! For, Paul says, because of Christ we do not mourn the death of our beloved brethren as do those who have no hope in Christ, “For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). Why, then, does God take pleasure in the death of His saints? Because He will raise us from the dead through Jesus Christ our Lord to be with Him in eternity! We who die in Christ are blessed, for we shall rest in the Lord for all eternity. This is God’s joy for us—that we die in Christ and thus raises us to live in Him, which we know most assuredly in our Baptism (Romans 6:3-6, 11)! As saints, we are blessed indeed to die in our Lord Christ.

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