It was only a few days ago I listened to Dan, a radio host, speak about the death of Stephen. (Acts 7:54-60) Verses 55 and 56 say that Stephen saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Dan was saying he was amazed at the description of Jesus standing. If he mentioned why he thought Jesus was standing, I missed it. My mind had probably already wandered off in a field of my own thoughts about it.
Stephen was being stoned for his faith, a faith so strong that he even asked God not to lay this sin to their charge; to forgive the ones who stoned him. As he was near death Stephen looked up and saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God.
The scripture doesn’t say why Jesus was standing but in my own mind I believe it was to encourage Stephen. I can almost see Jesus as he stood looking far ahead as Stephen neared home. I hear Him call out telling Stephen not to give up, stay strong, you can make it, just a few more steps. I see Him reach out His hands saying, "Here, take my hand, I will help you. I am with you; we will walk the last steps together." I believe there were tears in Jesus eyes as He stood and watched the death of a saint, knowing he would soon be home. Then I see Jesus as He embraced Stephen saying, "Well done thou good and faithful servant. Welcome home."
Psalm 116:15 reads Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. It seems to me that many times Jesus will stand, with arms outstretched, to welcome home another saint.
What a blessing to know that when it comes time for me to take my journey home, it will not go unnoticed in the eyes of my Lord.