Featured in the March, 2005 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Sometimes, due to negligence and at other times because of circumstances beyond our control, we have all missed appointments.
But you will not miss your appointment with death.
However, in our society, this is the great taboo. We simply do not speak of death. We are all in the process of dying,
but do not talk about it. Someone may be wasting away with cancer and still hopes to go out the front door of the back
hospital rather than the back door. A loved one’s life is being mechanically sustained and yet the family talks about recovery.
Daily, the papers print obituaries. We drive by the funeral home. We see the procession of cars led by the hearse. We know
where the cemetery is, but somehow we do not think we will be involved.
The doctors lose all their patients. Everyone is a prospect for the undertaker. Yes, we will die.
The Bible plainly says, a “man is destined to die once” (Hebrews 9:27). However, this is not the end. We all know that we will
live forever, someplace.
But where a person goes is not determined at the time of death, but prior to death.
A New England tombstone has the verse:
“Strangers, stop as you pass by; As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you soon will be, And so prepare to follow me.”
Someone wandering by read this and added,
“To follow you, I’m not content, Until I know which way you went.”
There is a choice! During this life, you choose to stay on your way to hell or you choose to accept Jesus Christ who has suffered
on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty for your sin and give you everlasting life.
There was one fellow who neglected to trust Christ for everlasting life and “in hell…he was in torment.” (Luke 16:33).
But then there are those who choose to put their faith in Christ for eternal salvation, and Scripture says that at the point
of death these folks are away from the body and at home with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8).
The problem is we do not know the time of death. Teens, as well as senior citizens die. You may be closer to death on
I-94 than an infirm 94 year-old lying in a nursing home.
So, it may be best to listen to the prophet who said, “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). Waiting can be disastrous.
The Scripture says, “Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).