The body is but the tabernacle [tent] of the
soul. It is a mean and movable structure, whose stakes can be easily
removed, and its cords presently broken. This tabernacle [tent] must be put
off. We are not to continue long in this earthly house. As at night we put
off our clothes, and lay them by, so at death we must put off our bodies,
and they musts be laid up in the grave till the morning of the resurrection.
- Matthew Henry
II Peter 1:14 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in
this tabernacle [tent], to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; 14 Knowing that
shortly I must put off this my tabernacle [tent], even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
Recently, my mother died in the Critical Care Unit of our
local hospital while tenaciously struggling to hold on to life for her last
several weeks. While I prayed and read the Bible to her, she suffered what
seemed a massive stoke that shook her body like a fragile tent in a violent
storm. A few seconds later, her body relaxed in peace as the raging storm
passed. It was as if someone had removed the main stay of a tent and it
slowly billowed to the ground, empty of its former occupants. A few
minutes later the medical staff removed all the tubes and wires that seemed to
tether my mother to her earthly existence. Her life here on earth was
over. It was time to untether the cords that bound her and fold up
the collapsed tent, never to be occupied again. Her soul was now free from
the grip of this world's storms of pain and suffering and grief, unbound by the
cords of this life to enter peacefully into the next. Such was the end and
beginning of her life.
I realized that like the Apostle Peter, this life is only a
"tent" that must inevitably be untethered from the earth and put off like
our day clothes when the night of death comes. Like my beloved mother, we
who have Christ still have hope for eternal life where the storms of life can no
longer molest and shake our earthly tent.
I Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even
as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose
again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For
this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain
unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 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:
17 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.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
In this we shall find our comfort. Thank God for His
indescribable gift of our mothers and His comfort and hope.
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they
shall be comforted.
by Pastor John
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is