Celebrating death


I am not sure as to the fascination about celebrating death on Halloween (the last day of October) and as I pondered on this topic, I was reminded of Psalm 116:15 which in a sense states that God celebrates death. God celebrates death, but not the death of any and every one, but only those of his saints.

Psalm 116:15 states, that the “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” What does this mean? To be a saint, one must be sanctified, and that means that they must have believed in Jesus; that he is the Son of God so that his righteousness is imputed on them. And all those who believe in Jesus, though they die, they shall live, eternally (John 11:25; John 3:16). In other words, saints don’t die. They merely sleep only to awake when the LORD returns (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Neither the first nor the second death has any power over those who have believed in Jesus and so when these saints physically die (first death), God celebrates their absence from the body which is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8), and that is precious in His sight.

Points to ponder:
If you were to die today, would it be precious in the sight of the LORD? In other words, are you sanctified as a saint, i.e., have you believed in Jesus? If not, I plead with you, tarry no further. Acknowledge the need for a Savior who can save you not just from the first death (physical) but also from the second (spiritual; eternal separation from God). Believe in Jesus Christ that he is the Son of God who paid the wages of our sin (which is death) by his death, and rose again from the dead, conquering sin and death, once and for all for all. Confess that you need him and ask him to be your Lord and master. Today is your day of Salvation, delay no further.

Psalm 116:15 (KJV)
15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

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