Death is a change of place

(Brooks, "A Believer's Last Day, His Best Day")

"The day of death is better than the day of birth."
    Ecclesiastes 7:1

"For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!"
    Philippians 1:21

A believer's last day is his best day! His dying-day
is better than his birthday! This is a very sweet
and useful truth to all believers.

Death is a change of place. When a believer
dies, he does but change his place. He changes . . .
  earth for heaven,
  a wilderness for a Canaan,
  a dunghill for a palace!

It is said of Judas, that "he went to his place," Acts 1:25.
An unbeliever is not yet in his place—hell is his place.

Just so, when a believer dies—he goes to his place.
Heaven, the bosom of Christ—is his place.

A believer is not at present, in his place. His soul is still
working and warring, and he cannot rest until he comes
to center in the bosom of Christ. This Paul understood
well, when he said, "I desire to depart and be with
Christ, which is better by far!" Philippians 1:23

We are not yet in our place, and therefore we groan
to be at home—that is, to be in heaven, to be in the
bosom of Christ—which is our proper place, our most
desirable home!

"Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our
 heavenly dwelling!" 2 Corinthians 5:2

"We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away
from the body and at home with the Lord." 2 Cor. 5:8