Death, to many people, is like an empty pit that everyone will inevitably fall into. It’s a hopeless word that effects everyone. We all go through a time when we lose someone close to us… but what is death to the believer?
Today, May 5, is the one-year anniversary of losing a very dear woman in our church. We lost her what seemed to be too quick and too soon. Since her passing, we haven’t ceased sharing memories of her light-hearted nature, passion, and zeal for God and life. And not once have we wondered, “Where did our dear sister go?”
Death is a door to a new life. Death is a door to a better life. Death is, in a sense, life to the believer in Christ.
We don’t wonder where our sister in Christ went. We know- we have assurance– that she is in Heaven with the God she loves, the God she trusts, and the God whom she adored above all else in this world.
Her death was sudden and tragic, but it brought incredible life to her. She was not afraid of death. She knew that Jesus had made the way for her to go to Heaven and be with Him forever.
She was not expecting death- no one was expecting death to come to her so suddenly. But she was ready. Jesus made her ready. She has life, even though she died. She has life fuller and purer than all of us. She’s in Heaven.
We will never forget Vibeke Rasmussen. Because Jesus lives, she lives. Because Jesus lives, we can live.
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live…'” (John 11:25)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” (John 16:22)