To Cause Us To Yearn For Heaven

If you trust in the saving work of Jesus Christ on your behalf, then the death of your infant child heightens your desire for Heaven. For those who are redeemed by Christ’s blood, the Bible promises that death is not the end. In fact, it is only the beginning of an eternal relationship with God and with other fellow believers. Now, by reason of the death of your child, the day of our Lord’s coming tastes so much sweeter because, in addition to meeting Jesus Christ, we can see our children again.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul writes to one of the early churches in order to encourage them regarding the whereabouts of deceased Christians. He writes, “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore, encourage one another with these words.”

In Philippians 1:8, Paul tells the church at Philippi that he “yearns for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.” Appropriately, the Greek word used in Philippians 1:8 for “yearn” is also used by Paul in the fifth chapter of 2 Corinthians where Paul is referring to the believer’s hope in Heaven. In 2 Corinthians 5:1-2, Paul writes, “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. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.”

In the absence of our grief, we might have been relatively satisfied in our earthly lives. Before your child’s death, you enjoyed the comforts of earth and the love and affection of an intact family. Now, however, with our families torn apart by death, we yearn, we groan, in anticipation of the resurrection of the dead. When we last hear the “cry of command” and “the voice of the archangel,” we will know that the Lord has come, and we will be last be reunited with all members of our family.

About Heaven, Paul writes, “…no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 2 Corinthians 2:9. We are promised that our reunion will be not only greater than what we hope it will be, we are told that it will be greater than anything we can even conceive of! Along with so many other parents, children and spouses who have lost loved ones, the death of our son has caused us to yearn with increasing ardor past our present circumstances towards the coming resurrection, when we will, at last see him again.