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Fallen Asleep in Christ (Revelation 14.12-14)

"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.' I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand." (Revelation 14.12-14)✞

Rest From Their Labor

Gardeners ScytheThe idea of falling asleep in the Lord occurs more than once in the New Testament. Paul speaks of "the dead in Christ" in 1 Thessalonians 4.16 and of those who have "fallen asleep in Christ" in 1 Corinthians 15.18. These phrases apply to those who have come to the end of their human lives and are still committed to Christ. Many things and people would try to separate Christians from Christ, but those who come to the end still one with the Master whom they love are supremely happy. The promise to them is of rest. Those who have died in Christ will rest from their labors. Rest is never so sweet as after the most strenuous toil. Christ is pictured in this chapter as "the son of man" separating the faithful from the unfaithful like a farmer harvesting his crops "with a sharp scythe." The "son of man" theme is also found in Daniel 7.13, "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, [the Aramaic phrase "bar enash" means "human being"] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence." Christians will receive their due reward from the Son of Man and should not fear the Last Judgment.✞

"Fallen Asleep in Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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