Am I ready to die?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Or better yet, has that question ever entered into your thoughts unbidden or uninvited? You know what I mean, that moment where for even a fraction of a second you thought, “This is it”! Your heart pounding, or maybe a tightening in the chest, drank too much, too many drugs, whatever the case. . . You had a moment where you could conceive of your life ending. And then immediately screamed the question, “Am I ready to die?”.
What was your answer?
We know aside from everything we try to tell ourselves that we will die. There is even an urge while writing this to put the word “eventually” between “we will” and “die”, that is how adverse we are to considering our own mortality. But, know this, we ARE going to die. And none of us are guaranteed the “eventually”. We see it all around us, family members, friends, strangers. Death is only a heart beat, only a breath away.
In the book of James in the Bible we are told,
“You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes.” Or how about this one? Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die . . .”
I think you can agree with me that all are going to die. And then? What?
Let’s finish that verse from Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
Yes judgment. The judgement of the Righteous Judge, God. THE One True God, Creator of the Universe. He will judge all mankind.
You’re okay though, right? I mean, you are a good person and all . . .
You have NEVER lied (not even once), or stolen something that did not belong to you. I know you have NEVER murdered anyone, right? By the way, the Bible, authored by the Creator God, that Righteous Judge, it says that if you have ever been really angry with someone, that is as murdering them in your heart.
“But God is loving, he will look at all the good I have done, and let the other go.”
And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty;
So if you have ever lied, stolen, murdered, lusted, taken the name of God in vain, disobeyed your parents, and . . . You know what, let’s just cut to the chase.
Scripture tells us:
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
So that covers you, me, and everyone that has ever lived. Except for one.
Jesus the Christ.
The only begotten Son of God. He left His place in eternity and became a man. He had to do this. Remember, God said that He would by no means clear the guilty. Well He did not. He poured out all of His wrath against the sin of this world, He poured out His wrath upon Jesus as He was hanging on the cross. Jesus was hanging on that cross in your place. Someone had to pay the fine, you couldn’t, nor could I. Someone had to receive the recompense for the sins against a Holy God.
Why would Jesus do that?
Because He loves, because He is love.
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it. That’s just it, we are condemned already. And we desperately need a savior.
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
What must I do?
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
What does that mean?
Repent: Repent means literally a change of mind-a change of mind that involves not only looking at things differently from an intellectual standpoint, but involves complete moral reformation, complete change of attitude. Repentance means a state of heart that results in absolute sorrow over your sinfulness, and a complete surrender to the mercy of Jesus Christ.
Be Baptized: Confess your sins. In accord with your changed attitude toward Jesus Christ give this outward witness – be baptized in the name of the One you have rejected, and God will look at you standing there and you will no longer be under condemnation as are those who rejected Christ. No longer walking in the flesh but now in the Spirit, a life submitted to Jesus.
Receive the gift of the Holy Ghost: Christ will come and make His abode in you. There is a definite transformation within the life of a believer . . .
“Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”
Jesus said in John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Are you ready to die?