Swallowed Up In Victory
Friday, November 8, 2019
“You don't see too many atheists on the deathbed. They all start cramming then.” – Dolly Parton
In yesterday’s devotional message, I wrote about the peace and serenity with which former president Jimmy Carter seems to be facing death. Despite a bout with brain cancer, Mr. Carter is in relatively good health for his age (95), but he realizes that no one escapes this earth alive.
Since you and I are in that same boat, I thought it may prove helpful to include an excerpt from “365 days with Spurgeon”, a devotional book that I try to read every weekday morning. This particular reading is titled, “The death of the Christian”, and is taken from a sermon Charles Spurgeon delivered at the New Park Street Church in the 1850’s.
“Wait a little, beloved. In a few more years you and I shall be carried through the heavens on the wings of angels. When I die, the angels approach. I am on the wings of cherubs. Oh, how they bear me up – how swiftly and yet how softly. I have left mortality with all its pains. Oh, how rapid is my flight! Just now I passed the morning star. Far behind me now the planets shine. Oh, how swiftly do I fly, and how sweetly!
“Cherubs! What sweet flight is yours, and what kind arms are these I lean upon… You call me brother. Cherubs: am I your brother? I who just now was captive in a tenement of clay – am I your brother? ‘Yes!’ they say.”
“Oh hark, I hear music strangely harmonious! What sweet sounds come to my ears! I am nearing Paradise. Do not spirits approach with songs of joy? ‘Yes!’ they say. And before they can answer, behold they come – a glorious convoy! I catch a sight of them as they are holding a great review at the gates of Paradise. And there is the golden gate. I enter in; and see my blessed Lord.”
“I can tell you no more. All else were things unlawful for flesh to utter. My Lord! I am with Thee – plunged into thee – lost in Thee just as a drop is swallowed in the ocean – as one single tint is lost in the glorious rainbow! Am I lost in Thee, thou glorious Jesus? And is my bliss consummated? Is the wedding day come at last? Have I really put on the marriage garments? And am I Thine? Yes! I am.”
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass that saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’” I Corinthians 15:54 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President