By: Ely Lagajino
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV)
I remember my younger brother Jess, a PR man and a long time campaign leader of a congressman in Parañaque City. Two weeks before Election Day, he suffered a stroke, and after a week in the hospital, he passed away.
Many relatives and friends attended the burial, including the wife and family of the congressman. My brother’s tomb rested on an elevated mound about three feet high. Emotion poured during the last viewing, then the cemetery workers started inserting the casket. When about two-thirds of the coffin was inside, a large man from the crowd shouted, “Wait!”
He requested the men to pull back half of the casket. He embraced my brother’s coffin and started weeping, as he related their unforgettable experiences while campaigning. Then he raised his voice and cried, “I will never forget what you told me that whatever happens, we continue supporting our congressman. “He faced the crowd, raised his arm and shouted, “In memory of Pare’ng Jess, vote for Mr. Congressman!”
Several hours before Moses’s death, his face had been brightened by the Holy Spirit; he made his last appeal to the Israelites. “Choose life by trusting and obeying God,” as he blessed all the tribes. Then he transferred his leadership authority to Joshua, probably giving the old rod and started to walk toward mount Nebo to meet his death; no funeral service, nobody to send him to his tomb.
When Moses reached the top of Pisgah, God showed him the panoramic view of Canaan. And then the entire plan of salvation; he saw the birth of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion. After the panoramic vision, his life ended.
Moses did not remain dead in mount Pisgah. He may not have entered the Promised Land on earth but God resurrected him, Moses, His faithful servant leader, and brought him to heaven. On the mount of transfiguration, the disciples saw Moses and Elijah, like live streaming. Moses represents the witnesses for those who died in Christ and would be called up on the first resurrection morning when Jesus comes again.
Deuteronomy 31-34; PP; pp. 517-527