For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1, ESV)

This is the very first verse I read this morning after Cherie and I got home from the house in which she grew up.  Her brother passed away at about 1 a.m. last night.  It was not unexpected, but as my pastor, Mike pointed out, “even when it’s not unexpected, it still feels like a kick in the gut.”  So true.

This passage is a great promise in the raw light of his passing.  We are all going to follow him one day.  No one escapes death.  No one.  The only difference for we who believe in Christ is that we have this hope and promise:  What we have here is only temporary, it is an earthly home and it will be destroyed.  What we hope for is the building that God builds, “a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Charles Spurgeon points out in his morning devotional for March 4:

Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, “For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.  Certainly not death.