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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
(Part 78)

THE SLEEP OF DEATH

May 7, 2019
Today’s reading: Acts 7:52-8:1


Today we read about the stoning of Stephen, the first martyr. It is curious how Luke describes his death, as follows: “he fell asleep.” (v.7:60c). In seems incongruous that in meeting a violent death, with big stones smashing against his head, Stephen is described as just falling asleep. But this is very instructive for us. We as Christians look at a life hereafter, with death as just a gateway. In doing so, death can indeed just be like going to sleep.

First, we sleep at night and awake to a new dawn. In death we leave a world of darkness, and in rising enter into new life in God’s marvelous light.

Second, after a whole day of activities we are tired,and awake refreshed after a good night’s rest. In death we leave a world of mourning, wailing, pain and tears, and in rising enter into eternal well-being in God.

Third, we might end the day with our frustrations and dire challenges, but when we awake, there is always new hope for new beginnings. In death we leave a world of disappointments and failures, but in rising we enter into the promised future full of hope, in eternity.

So when you go to bed to sleep every night, be mindful that your sleep points you to your death, which brings you to eternal life. Do not be afraid of the night nor of death. In dying you will rise to eternal life.

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