A woman wrote to RBC Ministries about her mother who went home to be with the Lord. She was much loved and a blessing to everyone who met her. The writer shared what her 7-year-old son said about the homegoing of his grandmother. Expressing his great love and admiration for her, he remarked with childish glee, “I’ll bet Jesus was glad to see Grandma!”

I heartily agree. I’m sure the Lord welcomes home all whom He has redeemed. When we think about the death of a Christian, our minds are usually taken up with the joy that a believer must experience when he first sees the One who saved him. What a thrill to behold Christ for the first time! Yes, we’ll be happy to see Christ, but He who loved the church so much that He gave His life for her surely rejoices each time one of His redeemed ones arrives home. I’m confident that when we who have trusted Him as Savior pass through the gates of glory, our Redeemer will find great satisfaction in receiving us into His presence.

So, believer, whether you are facing death yourself or are grieving over the loss of a loved one, think of that boy’s words, “I’ll bet Jesus was glad to see Grandma.” I’m sure He will be glad to see you too!