I was thinking of the word “depart” this morning. In every airport there are departures and arrivals. Paul said to depart and be with Christ was far better than remaining here on earth. That’s because to die is gain. We gain heaven.

But Jesus will say to some on Judgment Day, “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun. The word “depart” is a double-edged sword. It is far better to depart and be with Christ than to be told to depart and be with the devil and his angels.


Victor Knowles is founder and President of ‘POEM’ Ministry.