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Inverted Jenny Stamp (Revelation 14.12-13)

"This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, 'Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.'"(Revelation 14.12-13)✞

Can't Take it With You

Inverted Jenny StampThere is an old saying, "You can't take it with you when you die." A good illustration of this was a very valuable and extremely rare American stamp printed in 1918 called by stamp collectors "The Inverted Jenny" It is also known as an "Upside Down Jenny" or "Jenny Invert" and shows a Curtiss JN-4 airplane printed upside down by mistake in its stamp frame. One such stamp went missing when its owner died. The family searched everywhere for the valuable stamp but to no avail. A block of four was sold at auction in 2007 for US $2.7 million. Finally, one of them thought to look in the waistcoat pocket of their dead relative in his casket! There was the valuable object! His hope to take his prized treasure with him when he died was foiled!✞

Deeds Will Follow

Open Casket with male personThe only thing we take with us from this world when we die is our value as a human being and our relationship to God. We come into this world with no possessions and leave the same way. In Revelation 14.13, a voice from Heaven says, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." While it is true that money, fame, and belongings can't be taken with us from this life, God's people can produce fruit and invite others to follow Jesus. These fruits survive even death when they love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ and his people - for "their deeds will follow them."

"Inverted Jenny Stamp"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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