But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;
we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come.
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
“Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.
With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory.
“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word;
But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,
But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”
You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,
For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘ Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”