Written by: Rev. E. Ray Aldrich – 1928-2011
Because of the victory of Christ, death is a departure for home and means being in the presence of the Lord as well as in the presence of other believing loved ones.

In 2 Timothy 4:6closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST', Paul wrote to Timothy: “for I am now ready to be offered and the time of my departure is at hand.”

The Greek word here for departure is analusis which is:
(a) a nautical term used of a ship which pulls up its anchor and sets sail;
(b) it is also used in a military way of an army breaking camp to move on and;
(c)  it was used of freeing someone from his chains.

Do you see? This, for the Christian, is what death is—it’s setting sail, it’s breaking camp, it’s being freed from this life so we can go home!  The anchor is weighed and we set sail for the golden shore of the blessed presence of God, carried into God’s presence.

Have you never been away from home and then boarded a plane or train, and as the time to depart approached, experienced that warm feeling and the thought–I am going home. This explains what death is like for the believer–it’s a going home experience.

John 14:1-3closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST' “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

2 Corinthians 5:8closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'closeERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST' “We are of good courage, I say, and prefer to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

There is no intermediate state. The Bible teaches us there is no soul sleep, no purgatory, but instant entrance into God’s presence and home. So, heaven is our eternal home. Our Lord is there. Our friends and loved ones in Christ are there!

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