It seems there are two groups of people: Those who have no hope and those who have hope. “Concerning them which are asleep (dead), that ye (who are alive) sorrow not, even as others which have no hope” (I Thess.4:13). It is sad but those outside of Christ have no hope. Only those “in Christ” have hope. Only Christianity has a risen Saviour.Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship with Christ. Once you are saved He is forever with you. The Lord promises never to leave or forsake you (Heb.13:5). “Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord’ (II Cor. 5:8). After death, He is still with you.One of the saddest words is “alone” and one of the sweetest words is “together.” Why?We have the blessed hope in Christ (Titus 2:13).
“Winston Churchill planned his own funeral down to the last detail. He died January 24, 1965.His funeral was held in Saint Paul’s Cathedral with an eloquent Anglican liturgy, and included many of the great hymns. At his direction, following the final benediction, a bugler positioned high in the dome of St. Paul’s, intoned the sound of “Taps,” the universal signal that the day is over and ended. But then, at Churchill’s instruction, right after “Taps” ended, from the other side of the great dome, another bugler played “Reveille”: The universal signal for a new day beginning. It’s time to get up in the morning.” – holytrinity.net/winston-church ills-funeral.
At death, they may play taps here, but reveille will instantly be played “there.” “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent (taps) from the body, and to be present(reveille) with the Lord” (II Cor. 5:8). Christian have hope, you will not hear “taps” but you will hear “reveille.” So do not fret about “taps” but listen and focus on “reveille.” “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18). Christians never say, “Good-bye.” At the grave side, you have hope and you can say, “I’ll see you again.” Therefore comfort one another with these words. This is our blessed hope. One day together – forever! Perhaps today!