I apologize to my readers that it has been so long since I posted anything. Work, school, and life in general has kept me from doing all the things I want to do, but I will return to writing soon. Until then here is another great post from my dear friend and Brother in Christ Pastor Harry Connor, who earned his Masters of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary
It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Heb 9:27
Death comes to all of us, no one escapes, but what happens to us when our body shuts down and we take our last breath? What lies beyond the curtain of this life?
We walk in this world for 70-90 years which seems like long time. My dad almost made it to 92. But there is a vast eternity beyond this short life that awaits us all and we must be prepared for it. How many times have we prepared for a vacation or a business trip? When we make our preparations we make sure that we have our plane ticket, our hotel reservations and all of our activities scheduled. Shouldn’t we prepare for eternity in the same way?
When we leave this body we will still be alive and we will face a future that could be terrifying or joyful, it all depends on our decision that we make in this life.
Just as the Bible says: it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment. We will face judgment for our sins which is death . Romans 6:23 says the the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We make decisions everyday that effect our lives, we make decisions also by not making a decision. Jesus Christ our Lord and God took on the form of a man, lived His life as a perfect man that never committed one sin in His entire life, something that we could never do, so that He could pay the price for our sins. When Christ was nailed to the cross all the sins of humanity, past present and future were nailed there with Him, and the wrath of God that we so richly deserved was poured out upon Him, he took our punishment for our sins so that we could experience eternal life with Our Heavenly Father if we just believe in Christ. Romans 8:1 tells us that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, or No Judgment. He was judged in our place. And if we would just call upon Him for Salvation he will save us to the uttermost. If we are in Christ we have eternal life which begins at the very moment of salvation and if we are in Christ, when we take that last breath in life, we will be in His presence for all eternity. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say and willing rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
Just as you prepare for you vacations and business trips, be prepared for the final trip that we all must make, our trip into eternity. Ask Christ to come into your heart and save you now, He will never turn you away, all that the Father gives to me will come to me. and he that comes to me I will no wise cast out. And when you leave this earthly life, Christ will be there with you, He will walk you through the valley of the shadow of death and bring you safely home to the Heavenly Kingdom that He has prepared for all of His followers. Please be prepared and receive Christ today.