Death: Afraid or Accept it will happen?
by Mark E Crossley
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Ecclesiastes 3 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die!”
• The dying person
Death is a topic that most people do not like to talk about however at some point it will happen and when it happens we cannot do anything about it so we must accept it.
We do not know the day or time this will occur (Matthew 24: 26 – 44) but we hope it will be later rather than sooner and we have to face up to it and it is important that as best as we can we should try to prepare ourselves for the next life while where are here on earth.
Basically when our eyes close for the last time the practical part is we are taken to the funeral directors until the funeral to when our bodies are either buried or cremated and we are buried 6 feet under on the natural side of things anyway.
On the spiritual side Catholics believe there is such a place as Purgatory which is a place where we enter to give us the opportunity to say sorry for the sin we have done on earth before we meet God at the throne. This is a myth and do not believe this exists. Do you?
People say that those who have a right relationship with God go to heaven and the rest go to hell. Do you believe in heaven and there is a place called hell and what kind of life do you expect on either side?
Most people are not frightened of dying it is more of the fact we will meet our maker and it’s the process itself from going from world and entering another and not being able to continue or do anything about it with our lives here on earth. Agree?
People have near death experiences but the only dependable answer comes from the one person who died, and on the third day, rose from the dead to live forever. Jesus, who conquered death, is clearly the most reliable authority on what happens after death.
• The loved ones
When a loved one or close friend passes away, sometimes it is expected especially if they were ill but sometimes it is totally unexpected however people will not last forever.
It is okay and recommended to let one’s grief out whether this is to cry in public or private, go for a walk, write a thought journal, or talk about it with a friend it is important part of the process to do this properly. We all grief differently and not all are emotional about it.
There is the constant reminder when people ask how we are, organising the funeral and the time it takes for it all to sink in, some can accept it and for some it is not until the funeral is over that it puts a curtain over the whole situation to come to terms with the void in their lives. Sound familiar?
• Judgement Day
Whichever category we find our self in Jesus speaks of a day called judgement day that will happen which is found in Romans 14: 10 – 12 “But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought at they brother for we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ for it is written.
‘As I live’ said the Lord, every knee shall bow to me and every tongue confesses to God so then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God”. There it is in the scriptures we cannot escape it.
Further reading on judgement day can be read in Revelation 20 v 11 -13, Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:10,12, 2 Corinthians 5:10, John 12:48; Revelation 20:11-13, 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 12:36-41.
Now if Jesus is going to be the judge and his words are going to be the standard or rule by which we are judged it becomes very important that we learn what his words are. Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount that “Not everyone who saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven”.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name and in thy name cast out devils and in thy name done more wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me you that work iniquity" Matthew 7:21-23. Those who do his will, will not receive this condemnation and punishment. What will you say at the judgement?
Here are some things we should do before we die: Get married, buy a nice car, own your own house, travel the world, have children & great grand children, own a pet and love it, go on the orient express, have nice friends, have a relationship with God & perhaps visit the Ritz. What else do you need to do?
We must make the most of opportunities as we will never have them again and it could be some time until we see our loved ones again. For some the memory is too much and has to blank this out? Is that you?
We all have to think that we have one go at this life and whatever we do we will leave a legacy and what kind will yours be? How many people will attend your funeral and is this a lasting impression you have left and what will be written on your epitaph?
Lord Jesus, I pray that you will comfort those who are loosing loved ones today, challenge us to live the life that you have called us to have so when it comes to meeting you face to face you will be pleased with us.
If there are aspects of death we are unsure, have difficult unanswered questions man may not have the answer to please be with us as we embark down that journey to finding some resolution to those matters & we praise you that your death has brought us life. Amen.
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