St James' Church Clapham: Dying in the Lord

I visited St James’ Church yard, Clapham, this week. I’m something of an oddball as I enjoy looking at grave stones. Occasionally, I find a gem:

‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord’. This is a quote from Revelation 14:13. Who are they that die in the Lord? Christians. Those who own Him as their Lord and are in communion with Him. Why are they blessed? Do they not die like everyone else? Well, the Spirit gives the answer in the next part of the verse:

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labours, and their works follow them.” The works of the wicked will follow them, though they might often wish to escape and be free of their previous actions. But the Lord’s people enter rest. The toil and battle of this world ceases when God’s people arrive home.

I hope to meet Mr Burket one day; we shall rest together.

Jesus said ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’