BLESSED are THOSE who ‘DIE’ in JESUS CHRIST
December 29 Bible Reading: Revelation Chapters 13-15
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them." (Rev 14:12-13)
In the above passage Apostle John receives special instruction regarding those who die in Christ. These born-again sanctified believers in Christ, who patiently with endurance keep His commandments and faith in very difficult times, will receive a special divine blessing. They will be blessed through rest, resurrection and reigning with Christ during the Millennium (20:4–6).
The word ‘blessed’ mentioned in this passage is the second of the seven ‘beatitudes’ in the book of Revelation (see 1:3; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). We are ‘blessed’ to die in Christ (2 Cor 5:6, 8) mainly due to the following three reasons:
- We die in a state of vital union with Christ and will be with Him forever.
- We rest from all sin, temptation, sorrow, and persecution.
- Our good deeds remain on the earth while we receive heavenly rewards for our services and sufferings.
Let us understand that everything we do for Christ and in His name for others will be richly rewarded—every kindness, sacrificial gift, prayer, and word of testimony. Let us determine to live for Christ, so that we can die in Christ, and be counted among the ‘blessed’ in Christ!