When you are young, birthday, graduation and wedding invitations are commonly received in the mail or online. A few years later these invites still come, but they are for baby showers, baptisms and high school or college reunions. Yet, as age catches up with you, these pleasant celebrations are replaced by the grim reality of life, death. Although you may outlive family, friends and relatives, eventually even you too will lose the battle with death.
And the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it, Ecclesiastes 12:7.
If you take the words of Genesis literally, prior to original sin, God designed mankind to live forever. However, after sin entered the world, the curse of death was slowly introduced. Abel was the first human being to die and laid to rest in the ground. In the passage above, King Solomon eludes to the fate of every human being. Early in his radio career, Rush Limbaugh used the saying, talent on loan from God. Despite how infallible you may feel, life is a gift from God that will one day come to an end.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away,” Revelation 21:4.
The context of this blog comes in the midst of tragedy as my wife and children wait helplessly near the bedside of her dying father due to a serious car accident last Thursday night. Although Jim is still alive as I write, time is not on his side. Thus, as sorrow and tears fill those who love Jim Wagner, you have to look toward eternity for comfort. Like the criminal on the cross, it’s never too late to inherit eternal life. If you are not sure of your own eternal fate, pray the words of 1 John 5:13 so that you can have assurance when you lose your own battle with death.
by Jay Mankus