Tonight as my family and I sit at home, we recieved a message concering my Tio (uncle) Marin Cantu Jr, his battle with cancer came to an end. While he is in Fresno, CA and we are in Pine Bluff, AR, my wife and I are struggling with not being able to be there with our extended family to love and comfort them in this time of mourning. We love you all deeply and are mourning with you from afar.
As my wife recieved the latest update, we sit in tears.
But as we mourn, the Lord brought to mind a beautiful passage in Scripture,
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints (Psalms 116:15 ESV)
As Christians pass from this life into the next, to the Lord it is precious. As I sit and meditate on why it is precious, a few reasons flow through my mind at this time.
1. The curse of sin is finally defeated. As we pass from this life into the presence of the Lord the struggle between the Spirit and the flesh is over. The battle with our sinful passions is gone, victory over the flesh becomes an eternal reality. This is precious.
2. The good fight of faith is over, the race is completed. I have recently taken up jogging for excercise, each time I finish my regimen or complete a goal there is a part of me which celebrates. When the fight of faith is completed and the race of faith is over, when the believer crosses the finish line of mortality to immortality, there will be a celebration like never before. This is precious.
3. Reuniting with those who have gone before us. When we pass from this life into the next we will reunite with those believers which have died before us. My Tio Marin is wrapping his arms around his father, brother, sister, and the many other believers who have gone before him. This is precious.
4. Death is defeated, it is swallowed up in victory. The curse of death is upon us all. When we are born we begin to die. For many death is to be feared. But for the Christian, death is victory. God takes the curse of death and uses it as the avenue in which we close our eyes here and are ushered into the arms of our Savior for forever. O death where is your sting? O death where is your victory? This is precious.
5. When we close our eyes for the final time, the believer will finally see, what we have only seen through the eyes of faith, the welcoming nail pierced hands of Jesus. We will worship like never before. We will fall at the feet of our Savior and cry Holy Holy Holy is the lamb which was slain. Then he will pick us up, look right into our eyes, with a voice full of love and grace He will speak the words we’ve long to hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.” This is the most precious of all.
Tia Norma and family, our hearts mournfully celebrate with you. We love you very much.
In loving memory of Tio Marin Cantu Jr, Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Tio, Friend, Combat Vetern, Hard Worker, Bivocational Pastor.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria