Acts 7: 59
“While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Now we know why Jesus was standing. He was standing to bring Stephen home.
Everyone who dies in the Lord no matter how terrible the death are brought home by Jesus.
Death comes to us all. It has various different forms and today many will go through the valley of the shadow of death and it will be incredibly painful. Whilst being killed Stephen prayed.
Why did he pray that prayer? He was confident where he was going. He knew this life is not the end of it all. He knew his painful death was only a vehicle into something beautiful.
His body would soon lay battered and broken on the earth but his spirit would go on.
One day Jesus will stand up for you and you will be making your final prayer, “receive my spirit” and He will. You will be home.