When my mother’s father passed away, my family was right by his side. As my sister Cindy read to my grandfather Psalm 23, his breathing began to decrease. For the first and only time in my life so far, I witnessed the Spirit of Life being released. While the world refers to this process as death, for those who have made reservations for heaven, 1 John 5:12-13, this physical body is replaced with an eternal spirit.
The days of Abraham’s life were 175 years. 8 Then Abraham’s spirit was released, and he died at a good (ample, full) old age, an old man, satisfied and satiated, and [a]was gathered to his people, Genesis 25:7-8.
According to Jesus’ earthly brother, tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, James 4:13-15. If it was up to me, I’ll stick around until my boys have grandchildren and I’ll be there to walk Lydia down the aisle at her wedding, if it’s God’s will for her to be married. Unfortunately, I don’t have the script of my life so I’ll have to take life one day at a time to see what happens next.
Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? 5 Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [[a]even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God, John 3:3-5.
From a spiritual perspective, Jesus spoke of being born again. One Pharisee thought Jesus was joking so Nicodemus responds with sarcasm. Following this brief exchange, Nicodemus doesn’t say another word, listening to the words of John 3:16-17. John brings this up in another letter, urging first century Christian’s to make your eternal reservations in heaven before your spirit of life is released, 1 John 5:12-13.
by Jay Mankus