A Blessed Rest

Mike Johnson

Revelation 14:13 says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

 The word “blessed” means “happy.”  There is an obvious sense in which death brings sorrow, but for those who “die in the Lord” it can be regarded as a happy occasion.  Heaven is a place of joy, rest, and peace and we will experience this for eternity.

How do our “works” follow us? Consider two senses.  First, if we live a faithful Christian life, the effects of that will be felt here upon this earth even after we are gone.  “Good” will continue to be done by those whom we have influenced in righteousness upon this earth.  In Hebrews 11, Able is mentioned as one though dead continued to speak.  Also, Peter spoke of his approaching death in the first chapter of 2 Peter. After pointing out he would soon die he said, “Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease.” Our life on earth has an impact upon others after we die and our works do follow us.

Another way to look at this passage is that the consequences of our works follow us into the next life as we will be judged on the bases of what we have done upon this earth.  II Corinthians 5:10 says,  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”  Also, in Romans 2:6, we are told God will render to every man “according to his deeds.”

In conclusion, it is important to consider that this blessed rest spoken of in Revelation 14:13 is only for those “who die in the Lord” and those who have “labored” for Him as the text indicates.  Those who “die in the Lord” will be saved eternally.  What is your situation?  Are you “in the Lord?”  Are you laboring for the Lord?  If so, your death can be a happy occasion.