Early this month of August 2016 we buried a church member who died of breast cancer at the age of 35 years. Not long ago, a brethren lost his younger brother who wasn’t 10 years old to death. Today (August 12), a former classmate lost his daughter to death. Death is everywhere and it is the only thing that we cannot run from. And this is not the first time death is taking loved ones away whether they be children, young or old. And it wouldn’t be the last.
We are all going to die one day. And you’ll agree with me that majority of the people who died did not know that death was coming for them. The Bible said that, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”, (Hebrews 9:27). The key phrase here is that “but after this the judgment”. After what? After physical death. There is judgement, because your body is just a container for your soul and spirit – your spirit and soul do not die. The Bible therefore said, “Then shall the dust (body) return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”, (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
When you die without making Jesus Christ the Savior and Lord of your life, you will suffer another death, which is the second death, (Revelations 20:14-15). This death is worse than anything you can ever imagine. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell”, (Matthew 10:28). This is the reason why true Christians don’t fear physical death. The second death is brutal and eternal.
Now, the good news here is that you can give your life to Jesus Christ right now and avoid eternal damnation. God loves you and me with an unconditional love. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”, (John 3:16). So instead of suffering eternally in the lake of fire after physical death, you can enjoy in the bosom of the LORD by giving your life to Jesus Christ. And when you die, you can boldly exclaim, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”, (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
This is the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ! If you haven’t made that decision yet, this is the time to do it. There is no repentance in the grave and salvation is in no other name except Jesus Christ, (Acts 4:12). Don’t delay your salvation, because you don’t know tomorrow.