Last week we, at New Life Assembly, lost a dear lady, when she past away. Her passing truly leaves a hole in our church family. We have also had a couple fatal accidents in and around our community in these past couple of weeks.
Death is one of those things we do not like to talk about, and yet it is something every one of us will face, sooner or later. We have heard the expression, which is attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.”
But we may know of some people who cheat on their taxes. The fact is you cannot cheat death. In the book of Hebrews 9:27 we read: “it is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment”
Everyone is destined to die; there is no cheating death. After death comes judgment. It is this fact of judgment, that so many people are afraid of death. Yet the fact is Jesus Christ came to take this judgment upon Himself. Jesus died on the cross for the penalty of sin. He rose from the dead to forever confirm, and validate, his claims that he is the Son of God, and the Savior of the world.
Jesus told us, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus is telling us here that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. This unfortunately does not mean that we can escape death. What it does mean is that when we die, we do not need to fear death because in Jesus we have eternal life
John 1:12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God”
Those who believe in Jesus and accept Him welcome Him into their lives; they become a child of God. They receive eternal life. Those who believe in Jesus and who have accepted Jesus into their lives as their personal Savior do not need to fear death. For Jesus gives them another promise: John 14:2-3 “There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”
As Christians, believers in and followers of Christ, we have the hope, and the assurance, that Jesus has prepared a home for us. When we leave this earth, we go to be with Him. That is not just a pipe dream, or wishful thinking, it is a fact. It is based on the words of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose from the dead, and by doing so validating every claim He made about Himself, and every promise that He made.
I know that as a Christian, when I die, I will go to be with Jesus in the home he has prepared for me. So I also know that our dear friend and member of our church family is with Jesus, in heaven, right now.
None of us like talking, or thinking, about death. Yet it is an inevitable fact. The question for you reading this article today is this: are you ready for that day? You can be, by accepting Jesus into your life and allowing Him to prepare you. Do that soon, today! Please don’t gamble on the premise that you still have lots of time to prepare – do you? Prepare today. Come to Jesus. Come ask a pastor, or another Christian how you can ask Jesus into your life, and how He can prepare you for the day when you too will face death.
– Dan Daase, Clearwater New Life Assembly