For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Late Tuesday evening, near the end of a tough, emotionally-wrenching day for those of us who knew Storm Bratchett, my wife noticed that our 4-year-old daughter was quietly whimpering in her car seat as we were loading up to leave my parents’ house and head home. “Eden, are you crying?” she asked. Perfectly capturing the sentiments of the day, Eden replied, “Mommy, it’s not my eyes that are crying – it’s my heart.”
For all who knew Storm – even a little – the outpouring of grief came from deep down in the heart.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” (John 11:25)
As sad as Storm’s death was – and it was immensely & monumentally sad – it was not a tragedy. A tragedy is an elderly man, full of years, dying in “perfect” circumstances – [in his own bed, in a luxurious house, with no pain, still thinking clearly, having been given enough advance warning that all his affairs are in order, and with his entire, devoted family gathered around him saying their final “goodbyes”] – but not knowing Christ. That is a tragedy!
A Christian dying – even one who dies very young & unexpectedly – is not tragic. It’s unspeakably sad & painful for those of us left behind, but it’s not tragic. Dying without Jesus as your King – that’s tragic.
Thank God that Storm’s death isn’t tragic (forever) – it’s only sad (for now)!
For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory”. (1Cor 15:52-54)
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.“ (Rev. 21:3-5)
The promises of the Lord are true. Requiescat In Pace (Rest in Peace), Storm. As the Lord reckons time, we’ll see you again soon.
Post by: Eron Elswick, Leadership Team