When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV) This promise is not just for elders, but for all those who serve Christ faithfully and effectively. The crown is a symbol of honor. The best way to understand...
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46 (NIV)
The whole life of Jesus has been in the hands of his Father, and now at death, he commits his spirit into the Father’s hands.
Here’s what happens at death to a believer—your spirit goes into the immediate presence of God: To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). Whatever happens to your body, your spirit is safe in the Father’s hands.
You may be ravaged with cancer, and your body is barely recognizable. Your body may be horribly mutilated in an accident, or even lost at sea. Whatever happens to your body, your spirit will be safe in the hands of the Father.
In the Father’s hands is a marvelous place to be! Christ has been in the hands of sinners (Matthew 26:45), but now he places his spirit in the Father’s hands. The Father’s hands are eternally secure: No one can snatch you out of the Father’s hands (John 10:30).
There is a story about a man whose wife died from a sudden illness. His life was devastated, and he was really struggling when someone said to him, “You can’t tell her what you want to say, but she’s in the Father’s hands. You can ask the Father to tell her for you.” In life, in death, and for all eternity, there is no better place to be than in the Father’s hands.
Do you believe there’s no better place to be after you die than in the Father’s hands? How about while you are here on earth?