“A DEATH SENTENCE”
Recently there have been those who have passed away, and it seems like so many are hung up on asking what happened. Some may even ask, “Why?”
However, if one lives long enough, one knows that we all have a death sentence. We are all terminal. Hebrews 9:27 confirms this.
So, what do you do with a death sentence? What do you do when you get that late night, phone call about someone you loved passing away?
You’ve had those calls, haven’t you?
A few weeks ago, a very young person died. We don’t think about what is going on around us, do we? And then, tragedy hits…like our young friend.
Why do we think we have all the time in the world?
I have lost count of the number of funerals I have helped with and I cannot count the times that I have seen shock and bewilderment in someone’s life.
There are times some have asked, “When is it all going to end?” And my answer is, “I don’t know.”
Jesus lived about thirty-three years. He “went about doing good” wherever He went (Acts 10:38). And still He was executed because the establishment was against Him. And not only the establishment was against Him…His own people, the Jews, were against Him! Of course, we know He was in control all of the time. But…He had a death sentence.
And so, do we all! We will not escape it unless He returns first.
And then there’s this scripture…1 Corinthians 15:54-“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?’” (RSV)