A TIME TO GIVE BIRTH, AND A TIME TO DIE
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Of all topics to write or read about, the topic on death is shunned and considered morbid. Yet we are confronted by it, for its inevitability.
This is a series on the topic of life and death, shared here with you for the purpose of bringing you into a perspective of hope and enlightenment in this life and the life to come.
I. Your Inevitable Appointment
II. The Human Life
III. What Is Death
IV. The Origin of Death
V. The Fear of Death
VI. What Is the Value of Life If Only It Ends In Death?
VII. Is There Life After Death? (Part 1)
Is There Life After Death? (Part 2)
VIII. Hope Beyond the Grave
IX. Where Will You Be After You Die?
X. What Does God Require To Enter Heaven?
XI. Am I Truly Saved? How Sure Can I Be That I Will Spend Eternity In Heaven?
XII. Live Or Die?
XIII. Are You Ready?
I. YOUR INEVITABLE APPOINTMENT
There was an old legend about a rich merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to the market. While he was at the marketplace, he was jostled by someone in the crowd.
When he turned around he saw a woman in a long black cloak and knew it was Death. The servant ran home to his master and in a trembling voice told him about the encounter and how Death had looked him and made a threatening gesture.
The servant begged his master to loan him a horse so he could ride to Samarra and hide so Death would not find him. The master agreed and the servant galloped away.
Later the servant went down to the marketplace and saw Death standing nearby. The merchant asked, “Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant and frighten him?”
“That was not a threatening gesture,” Death replied. “It was just that I was startled to see him in Baghdad because I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra!”
“What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?” (Psalm 89:48).
Reluctantly, we must answer the psalmist’s question, “No one,”
“Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die” (2Samuel 14:14).
“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like plant.”
“But man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more” (Job 14:7-10). Death awaits every man and woman, young and old, you and I, – with no exceptions.
In the movie, Final Destination, the coroner blurted out, “There are no accidents or coincidences in death.”
Job 14:5 states, “Man’s days are determined; You (God) have decreed the number of his months and set limits he cannot exceed.”
It is a universal fact as Job knowingly said, “I know you will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living… Only a few years will pass before I go on the journey of no return… The eye that now sees me will see me no longer, you will look for me, but I will be no more.”
“As a cloud vanishes and is gone, so he who goes down to the grave and does not return. He will never come to his house again; his place will know him no more.” (Job 30:23; 16:22; 7:8).
“All mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust” (Job 34:15)
From the moment of conception, man is bounded by death!
I would like to quote my favorite preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon for what I want to express to you today:
“Trust Jesus Christ alone to utterly save you. Sink or swim, throw yourself into the sea of Jesus’love. You shall see the glory of God in your pardon, in your new creation, in your being sustained under temptation, in your being kept in the hours of life and in the night of death, in your being lifted up at the day of judgment to receive an acquittal and being pronounced faultless before His presence with exceeding great joy (Jude 24).”
“I have known myself as defiled, corrupt, unworthy, but I see the day coming when I shall be wearing a crown, waving a palm branch, bowing before the eternal throne, having neither spot nor wrinkle, nor any such thing.”
“My soul has leapt at the very thought that I shall tread the streets of gold, passing through gates of pearl, and see His face, and bow before Him!”
“I, who was once filled with sin and corruption, filled to the brim with the vision of God. You and I will meet there, and what a wonder it will be that we should have gotten there!
“It is no wonder that in heaven they strike up that grand old song that will always be new:
“Unto him that loved us,
and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever” (Revelation 1:5-6).”
(Faith Seeing God’s Glory, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
Thank you and God’s blessings be with you.