To Die Full of Life

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. – 1 Corinthians 15:22

You will fall asleep in Him one of these days, at the very hour that God has appointed; and when you open your eyes, it will not be in the narrow death-chamber, you will not be on the bed of sickness. Methinks you will be startled to find yourself amid such new surroundings. “What is this I hear?” you will say. “Such music as this has never charmed me before, and what is that I see?”. “But you will not need to enquire, for you will know that face at once. You knew, while on earth, that Jesus still lived; but you will know it better then, when you lay aside these heavy optics that do but dim our sight, and get into the pure spirit state, and then see HIM. Oh, the bliss of that first sight of Christ! It seems to me as if that would gather up an eternity of delight into a single moment; that first glimpse of Him will be enough to make us swoon away with excessive rapture. I do verily think that some saints whom I have known, have done just that, swooned away with the excess of joy that they have felt in their departing moments. I have, sounding in my ears just now, the voice of a dear brother (who) said to me, “I shall be home to-night, pastor. I wanted to see your face once more before I went; but I shall be home to-night and see the face of Jesus.” …I hope you will all be prepared to die after that fashion. That is the way to die, full of life. Because Jesus lives, we shall live also, and we may well die full of life because of our union to Him. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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