Philippians 1:21-23 makes it quite clear that for the Christian, even now "to live is Christ, and to die is gain." For "to depart and to be with Christ…is far better!"
As Luther observes,5 the Christian is "to turn his back on this transient life, and keep his gaze fixed on the future life…that…will endure forever…. The citizenship…and the home of Christians is…in Heaven…. Whoever does not direct and prepare his heart for yonder imperishable life…does not understand what Baptism, Gospel, Christ [and] faith, mean….