A state of repose in sleep, Nature’s release from weariness of body and mind, as of Jonah on shipboard (
Used with beautiful and comforting significance of death (koimaomai, "to put to sleep").
Sleep implies a subsequent waking, and as a symbol of death implies continued and conscious life beyond the grave. In the presence of death no truth has been so sustaining to Christian faith as this. It is the distinct product of Christ’s resurrection. Paul speaks of departed believers as having "fallen asleep in Christ" (
Dwight M. Pratt