Simeon's Swan Song
Charles H. Spurgeon
If we are believers in Christ, we shall one day use words like these. Perhaps not just at present; and yet, possibly, sooner than some of us think, we shall gather up our feet in our bed, and we shall say with composure, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word."
See what death is to the believer. It is only a departure. It is a departure after a day of service. "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart. My day's work is done; let me now go home." With us who believe it will be a departure to a higher service, for we shall still be the Lord's servants even when we depart from this present sphere of labor. We shall go to do yet higher and more perfect work in the nearer presence of our Master. "His servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face." But death to the believer is only a departure from one form of service to another.
And, note, that it is a departing "in peace." We are at peace with God. We have-
Peace! perfect peace! in this dark world of sin,
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within!
As many as have believed in Jesus, have entered into rest. "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God"; we have joy and peace in believing; and, as we live in peace, we shall also die in piece. We shall remain in peace, and we shall depart in peace. A deep and holy calm will fill up our dying moments.
It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call to heaven's perfect peace!
We shall be able to say, perhaps, when we come to die, what a dear friend of mine once said to me, when I went in to see him on his dying bed. A part of his affliction consisted in total blindness from what they call the breaking of the eye strings. Sitting up, although he could not see me, he moved his hand, and said-
And when ye see my eye-strings break,
How sweet my minutes roll!
A mortal paleness on my cheek,
But glory in my soul!
So will it be with ...
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