When we hear that a loved one has an illness that has been diagnosed as “terminal,”, “incurable”, or “fatal”, we invariably react with feelings of shock, surprise and ultimately sadness. Humanity has a built in blindness to the reality of death. However, from birth, we are all “Dying” and there is no cure!
Despite the ludicrous idea that it will always be the other person who dies instead of us, one day it will be our turn. As the Hebrew writer forewarns us “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27).
Despite all the advances in medical technology, the words of the Psalmist still ring true today: “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away” (Ps 90:10). Yes, there are exceptions where one lives to see 90 or 100. A woman just yesterday died at the advance age of 117. However, the average age of a man is 76 and for women it is 81. Truly, unless the Lord comes in your lifetime, you will not get out of this world alive!
Despite all of the efforts to diet, exercise, and stay fit, aging and physical death still prevails. Those who extend their lives find that their “Golden Years” bring an added burden of illness, pain and loneliness. Job sized the matter up by writing, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not” (Job 14:1,2).
I hate to be the one to inform you that you are going to die real soon! Life is a death sentence. It could be today, it could be tomorrow, or it could come in 100 years, but it is coming! No one lives forever here on planet earth. Death is just a matter of time. The fleshly body was not engineered to stay here very long! Even in good health one can be killed at any moment. However, fear not those who are able to kill your body, but rather fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Mt 10:28).
The good news is that the Scriptures teach that man is more than flesh and blood. The scripture teach us that man has an eternal soul. The Scriptures teach that Jesus lived and died to make salvation possible. Jesus made it possible that if we obey the gospel of Christ and continue in his doctrine, that once we die we shall live forever with Him (Mk 16:16 f; 2 Jn 9; Tit 1:2). Truly, we must die in the flesh, but if we are buried with Christ by baptism before we die in the flesh, we shall live forever with Jesus in the hereafter (Rom 6:3,4).
So, stop worrying about death here on earth. This is inevitable. Rather, worry about where you will spend your eternity. Life on earth is your test. The gospel is your answer. Now is the time to prepare for death, judgment and eternity. “(For he said, I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I helped you: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation) (2 Cor 6:2).