“I can die now” is often a statement coming from many who have reached the highest level of satisfaction they could ever dream of.
Making a hole-in-one without seeing where the hole is located, winning an unimaginable amount of money from the lottery, being set free after serving an unthinkable number of years in prison for a crime one didn’t commit, meeting one’s first day of freedom after many generations of slavery, all of these occurrences have brought enough satisfaction for many who experienced them to naturally say in their mind, “I can die now.”
Someone in history had another reason to say the same thing:
“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)
For my eyes have seen your salvation.
Many of us have seen Jesus as one sees another, in a vision, in the most unthinkable turnaround of our circumstances. Many of us have felt Him. Many of us have been filled with the Holy Spirit by Him and concluded in our mind that, definitely, death truly is a gain to us.
I have to agree that I would have dropped to my knees and be willing to give up the ghost if I was to be found in the same encounter as John the Apostle’s when he met the angel who literally spoke the tongue of Jesus to Him for the churches. The angel first spoke his own tongue telling John not to bow before him for he is a servant, a messenger, then proceeded with delivering the message to the churches in the first person, the person of Jesus.
I can die now for my eyes have seen your salvation, Lord. Hallelujah. Amen.
And that is the peace Jesus left us, the peace to die knowing that everything is in his hands, our death, our resurrection.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Jesus does not give as the world gives. He does not give while having in mind to take it back. He does not give on the merit of what we’ve done, but on the merit of His love for us, the love of His Father for us.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”, sweet words to the ears of many who have known troubles, many to have seen troubles face to face, many who have lived with troubles like one lives under the same roof with their worst fear. These words came from the mouth of the only one in all of history who had ever called everyone to bring their troubles to him, to trust their troubles to him, Jesus of Nazareth.
Praised indeed be his name above all other names, Jesus, Amen.