Ref: 1 Thessalonians 5:10; Philippians 1:21,23; 2 Corinthians 5:8.
Christ died not only to redeem the body, but also to bind the soul so closely to himself that, even without the body, we are with him. This is a huge comfort in life and death, and Christ died so that we would enjoy this hope.
[D]eath for the Christian will mean coming home to Christ.
On that famous verse, For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain: in a sermon, Alistair Begg pointed out that it is impossible to replace the word “Christ” with anything else in such a way that the second half makes sense. E.g. For me to live is success, to die is gain… For me to live is happiness, to die is gain… For me to live is popularity, to die is gain…
The only way that death can be gain, he says, is if Christ is the main point of your life.