Death is certain for all, but not all will die in the same spiritual condition. Some will die in Christ, others will die outside of Him. None of us can know the time of our death, but we can prepare ourselves now to insure that it is a blessed one. In an exposition of Revelation 14:13, "Blessed are they which die in the Lord," James Durham, a Scottish preacher from the 17th century, shows the blessedness of those who die in the Lord as well as the misery of those who reject Him. If it is blessed to die in Christ, then it must be terrible to die otherwise. Durham not only shows how such a death is blessed, and how any other death is miserable, but also shows that a failure to meditate on death and prepare for it leads to all kinds of errors and evil practices. He gives directions for dying in the Lord, shows what to do when death comes suddenly, and then shows all of a believer’s comforts in death.
Self-Help, Death-Grief, Grief-Bereavement,