The Death Question
Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. – 1 Timothy 5:24
This past weekend, my wife and I attended the funeral of my stepmother. After my mother died at the age of sixty-four, my father remarried. He and
his second wife enjoyed fifteen good years together, traveling and spending time with friends and family. Then he also passed away.
After this last funeral, the family visited for a while and then it was time for us to head home. Just before we left, I mentioned to my oldest sister
that this would be the last funeral for our father’s generation; the next would be for one of us. The utter shock and troubled look on her face
told the story. One would have thought that I had hit her over the head with a baseball bat! My observation was simple: the death question was
not settled for her yet.
We do not walk down life’s pathway too long before we are faced with the possibility of death. At the age of thirty, I had my own trial with cancer.
In reality, none of us can truly enjoy life on this earth until we have prepared for death. The Bible clearly states we all have a choice. We can
pick the broad way of sin and destruction or the narrow way with Jesus’ Blood covering our sins. Life, at best, may be seventy to ninety years,
but then we must face eternity. What then? The Bible tells us we have a never-dying soul that will live on in Heaven or Hell. Our destination depends
on whether the sin in our lives is accounted for! Jesus’ Blood is the only provision for man’s sin.
We can only live a full, happy, and satisfying life—one with purpose and meaning—if the death question is settled. If Jesus tarries, all
of us will have an appointment with death, and no one knows what tomorrow may bring.
Is the death question settled in your life? It can be! It should be! Then you can live your life with joy and not fear about the hereafter.