Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.” - Mark 4:35
Christ is continually saying the same to us, though with varying meaning in his words. He is always calling us to move on into new territory, new experiences, new privileges, new duties, new conflicts, and new joys.
He says it to the unrepentant when he graciously invites them to become his disciples. He wants them to cut loose from this world, from sin and all their old dead past, and rise up and go with him to the better life. He invites them to His Father’s country, into His Father’s family. It is a land of blessing and of beauty, of plenty and of great riches. True, there is a sea that must be crossed to reach it. No one can reach the glorious country on “the other side” without passing over this sea, and no one can pass over without encountering the storms of life. There are fierce temptations, the battle to deny self, struggles, and many losses and sorrows before we can reach heaven; but the reward is so great that we should be ready to endure any hardship or suffering to win it.
Then Christ gives the same call and invitation to His people when they reach the end of their earthly lives and when He comes to take them home. No-one wants to contemplate death and think about dying, but there’s no reason to be afraid of it. On“the other side” glory waits. There is the Father’s house with many rooms (John 14:2). And however dark and terrible the narrow sea that has to be crossed may seem, there is no danger for Jesus himself accompanies His people, and none of them will die. However, if God invites us to come over to the other side into the heavenly glory, we must accept His call to come over out of the old life of sin into the new life of holiness.