While rereading Genesis the other day, this verse stood out … “Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people.” ~ Genesis 25:8 (NASB) Abraham died and was gathered to his people.
Isaac, Jacob, and others are mentioned at their deaths that they also were gathered to their people. Death is not the end. Death leads to life. For those who follow God, death leads to the biggest and best homecoming of all. God’s people wait to welcome home family. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” ~ Psalm 116:15 (NASB)
“The righteous man perishes, and no man takes it to heart; and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. For the righteous man is taken away from evil, he enters into peace; ….” ~ Isaiah 57:1-2 (NASB)
Jesus is the life, the truth, and the way home. As a Christian, “we are not afraid but are quite content to die, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:8 (TLB) We come home to our Savior and are gathered to our people.
Those who love us, our people (God’s people) wait at the pearly gates to welcome us home. Our loved ones, those who have gone before us, were gathered tenderly, sweetly, and with exceeding joy as they came home, and they will be there when we arrive. Happy sigh…
“and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4 (NASB)