Why is it that mankind is still shocked, after thousands of years upon this planet, when someone dies. When we hear that a loved one or friend has an illness that has been diagnosed as “terminal,” we invariably react with feelings of surprise and sadness. Human beings seem to have a built-in blindness to the reality of death. Reality check: from birth, we are all dying, we are all “terminal”. We are all going to lose this life, and in the end take nothing with us, except our soul and our works (Rev 14:13).
Despite this inane idea that somehow it will always be the other person who dies, one day it will be our turn. In Hebrews 9:27, it is written, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” We all have an appointed day to meet the Lord face to face, and it is an appointment that won’t be missed.
Despite all the advances in medical techono1gy, the words of the Psalmist still ring true: “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). Even if the Lord comes you will today, you will still be changed from mortal to immortal (1 Cor 15:51-53). In other words, even when the Lord comes you are going to die (change from flesh to spirit which is what happens when you die). Those whose strong constitution extends their lives find that the so-called “Golden Years” bring an added burden of illness, pain, and loneliness. Despite all of the efforts to diet, exercise and stay fit, aging and physical death will be your end! 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).
So, physically we are all terminal. The fleshly body was not engineered to stay here very long! However, we need to remember that all the foregoing applies to the flesh and does not address itself to the spiritual side of man. The Scriptures teach that man is more than flesh and breath. Rather, inspired, holy men of God, in both Old and New Testaments, teach us that man has an eternal soul.
The Scriptures teach that Jesus lived and died to make salvation possible. Truly, we must die, “But after this the judgment.” Now is the time to prepare for death, judgment, and eternity. Because if you don’t, you will not only die in the flesh, but you will also be cast into the lake of fire with the Devil and his angels (Rev 20:10-15). Maybe it’s time for you to start preparing your soul for the inevitable. Now is the acceptable time. Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). Death and judgment is only a breath away, and it will come at an hour you least expect it (1 Thess 5:1-4).