If there is anything certain in this life it is the fact that you will die. That should come as no surprise because everybody dies. In all of recorded human history, there are only three individuals who did not die what we know as a human death. Enoch walked with God and was no more as recorded in Genesis 4. Elijah was carried away in a whirlwind on a flaming chariot as recorded in 2 Kings 2. And Jesus was taken up into the clouds as we read in Acts 1. Of course, Jesus died, but He overcame death to live again.
Now we consider that we have not died who are still living today. Yet that time will come. For some it will be a short time, and for some, life may linger on (for a while). Psalm 90 tells us to number our days. James 5 explains that our life is but a vapor that is gone oh so quickly. In comparison to all of human history, even a person who lives more than one hundred years has only been here a very short time.
Life is short, and death is certain. All in the past died, and all presently living will die. By the time you finish reading this article about eight thousand people across this earth will have died, and just as many babies will have been born in the same time period.
The bible tells us in Hebrews 9:27: “for it is appointed for man once to die and after that the judgment”.
We hate death, because we cannot master it. We think we can cheat death by living healthier lives, but we cannot control it. Diseases or accidents bring life to an end ever so quickly. Even if we know we are about to die, we still cannot control it.
The point we are making is that even though all die, one other thing is certain to happen. Your judgment and our judgment will come about. We cannot escape that event. The scriptures tell us that we will all appear before the judgment seat of God and Christ (Romans 14:10). We will all be judged by the things written in the books (Revelation 20:12). We will be judged by the words of Christ (John 12:48). The Bible will be the standard and one of the books opened at our judgment. Our deeds done in the flesh, while we were alive will be what we are judged on compared to what the Bible teaches.
We do not want anyone to be unprepared for judgment. If you are not prepared, you will be punished in a fiery torment forever. If you prepare your life before you die, to serve the Living God who will judge you, you can spend eternal bliss in heaven.
Come visit us at the Eastside church of Christ in Ranger, and learn how to prepare for this most certain event you will face. We want to help people get to heaven, and that includes you.
We meet at the corner of Strawn Rd and Young St in Ranger. We meet for class on Sunday morning at 9:45am and Wednesday at 7:00pm. We meet for worship assembly on Sunday at 10:45am and 5:00pm. Everyone is welcome.
By Carey Scott via Ranger Times November 13, 2011
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