永恒盼望 THE BRIGHT SIDE OF DEATH
“你要细察那完全人，观看那正直人， 因为和平人有好结局。” 诗篇 37:37
Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Psalm 37:37
我们已经把生命交给上帝的人，要学习布道家穆迪。他在临终前说，“大地开始退去，天堂已经为我打开。好像在梦境中。” 他说，“一点也不可怕，相反，很美，很甜蜜。没有幽谷。上帝在召唤我，我必须走了。”在离世之际，穆迪宣告，上帝允许他透过薄纱，看见我们所不能见的世界。在那里，他看见了很多熟人，很久不见的。穆迪又想起自己很多年以前说过的话：“有一天你们会看到讣告：穆迪死了。不要相信。那时候，我比现在更有活力。那时候，我要高升，离开泥土做的旧的身子，到不朽的天堂，得到一个新的身子。新的身子没有死亡、没有罪恶，与上帝的身子连接。肉体必然死去，灵魂一定不朽。” 如果穆迪现在能给我们做见证，他一定跟我们分享他在天堂的荣美，那里有天使在招待他，有上帝耶和华与他同在。
We who have made our peace with God should be like the evangelist D. L. Moody. When he was aware that death was at hand, he said, “Earth recedes, heaven opens before me.” It appeared as though he was dreaming. Then he said, “No, this is no dread… it is beautiful, it is like a trance. If this is death, it is sweet. There is no valley here. God is calling me, and I must go.”After having been given up for dead, Moody revived to indicate that God had permitted him to see beyond that thin veil separating the seen from the unseen world. He had been “within the gates, and beyond the portals,” and had caught a glimpse of familiar faces whom he had “loved long since and lost awhile.” Then he could remember when he had proclaimed so vociferously earlier in his ministry, “Some day you will read in the paper that D. L. Moody of East Northfield is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall gave gone up higher, that is all-out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal; a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned like unto His glorious body…That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever” (The life of Dwight L. Moody, by W. R. Moody). If Moody were to witness to us now, he would surely tell us of the glowing experience that became his as the angelic hosts ushered him into the presence of the Lord.
Can you face death with such confidence? You can if you know and believe God’s promises about life after death, promises that caused Moody to rejoice rather than despair.