“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”Hebrews 9:27
It seems the older I get, the more funerals I attend. I don’t think this will slow down much until it is my turn when God calls me home. I can make some lifestyle changes that will affect the quality of my life and may even extend it to a certain extent, but there is nothing that can stop the day God has chosen for me. I hope to be raptured instead of facing death, but if God does nor return before I die, then someone might be writing about me someday. As the saying goes, there is nothing certain in this life but death and taxes.
I recently attended a funeral and the pastor preached out of this passage. He gave a clear gospel message and stated that we will all die, and we will all face the judgement. I remember the first funeral I attended as a kid, and death seemed so far away. I had not been to a funeral before, and I thought I would live forever. I did not think about death, and it was hard for me to even understand the finality of it. I thought the dead man was simply sleeping and he would wake up soon and be as I knew him to be. My thinking on death has changed since I was a kid, and I have experienced the loss of those who have gone into eternity. I know this verse is true as it states that we are all appointed to death.
I imagine that as you read this, you can recall your own experience with the death of someone you knew and loved. Death is inevitable, but what some people fail to think about is what will happen to them when they die. Each one of us will face the judgement, and this judgement will not consider how good or how evil we were in life, but rather what we chose to do with Jesus Christ’s offer to exchange our sins for His righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 states, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” The best we can do, our own righteousness, is seen as filthy rags. There is no imaginary scale that weighs our good and bad deeds, and the Bible tells in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” We all fall short of God’s standard, and we will not have a leg to stand on if we do not accept Him as our Lord and Savior.
Where do you stand today friend? If you were to die today, are you 100% sure you would go to heaven? Are you counting on your good deeds outweighing your bad deeds? John 3:18 states, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” If you have not put your faith in the Son of God, then the wrath of God abides on you right now. In what or in whom will you place your faith today? Will you put your faith in your good works (which are merely filthy rags comp to God‘s righteousness) or will you place your faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ? No one knows when their last breath will be, but we do know that our last breath will come. You will die one day, and when you do, will you be judged and cast into the lake of fire or will you live in heaven with the One who died for you? May today be the day you put your faith in Jesus Christ, and may you be secure in knowing where you will go when you die.
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