D is for “Death” An Appointment for All! The Word for Today With “A to Z Blog Challenge 2014”
April 5th, 2014 | by Philip Verghese 'Ariel' || 3 Comments |
The word “DEATH” many do not even like to hear. But it is a fact that it will come one day and all have to face it. Yes the word itself instills a kind of fear or terror in people.
The Webster’s dictionary says: Death = “The permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities”
That means it’s the end of life. All living thing sooner or later dies, but only human beings are able to think or imagine about their deaths.
As mentioned above most people fear death and try to avoid even thinking about it. Some even try to devise how to overcome it, few years back an American Computer scientist brought out a new theory: And that was a big news in the media for quite some time. “A scientist claiming that those who live for another twenty odd years might actually go on to live forever. The scientist, Ray Kurzweil, has been dubbed by none other than Bill Gates as the ‘smartest futurist on earth’. Read more about it under the title: “An American Computer Scientist’s New Found Theory on Life, Longevity and Death: A Christian Perspective”
This is not a new thing, throughout the history people are continually trying to find out some solution to overcome or delay death. But Alas!! So far nothing has come out as a solution to this.
Yes, the Bible says “Death is inevitable”, you cannot prevent or avoid it. It is a must for all!
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” (Romans 5:12). “Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” (1 Corinthians 15:22).
According to the Bible death is an “APPOINTMENT”. “It is appointed unto men once to die” (Hebrew 9:27). God made that appointment, and you cannot stay away from it.
The world renowned Evangelist Dr. Billy Graham wrote in one of his writings about Death:
“Toward the end of his life, Daniel Webster related how once he attended a church service in a quiet country village. The clergyman, a simple- hearted, pious old man, stood and pronounced his text with the utmost simplicity and earnestness, “My friends, we can die but once.’
Daniel Webster, commenting on this sermon, later said, “Frigid and weak as these words might seem, at once they were to me among the most impressive and awakening I ever heard.”
It is easy to think of others having to keep this appointment with death, but difficult to remember that we, too, must keep this same appointment. When we visit a dying friend, we are conscious of a certain solemnity that gathers about such persons. Death is appointed for all, and the questions of its occurrence is merely a matter of time. Other appointments in life we can neglect or break, but here is an appointment that no man can ignore, no man can break.
If physical death were the only consequence of a life lived apart from God, we would not have so much to fear, but the Bible warns that there is the second death, which is the eternal separation from God.
HOWEVER, there is a bright side. As the Bible pronounces hell for the sinner, it also promises heaven for the saint. A saint has been described as a sinner who has been forgiven. The subject of heaven is much easier to accept than the subject of hell.
And yet the Bible teaches both.”
The following lines I wrote sometime back after attending a funeral of a beloved brother (in Christ).
Oh Death I am not afraid of you
Oh death you can’t defeat me
Since I depend on the one who defeated you.
And my hope is built on Him.
The one who defeated the death and hell once for all.
He overcomes the pains of death, yes,
He died for me in my place and I am so glad to be called His son.
He went ahead of me to heaven to prepare beautiful mansions for me to live in forever.
He will come back again on this earth to take me along with Him to heaven forever.
Oh what a glorious day that will be!
I am eagerly waiting for that beautiful day!
Oh my dear friend, reader of this line
Do you want to come with me to that beautiful place?
Then this is the right time to join in.
Join with me to the group of that saints,
Who received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord.
Accept Him now as your personal savior right now!
Please do not keep it for tomorrow!
Because tomorrow may not be yours!
It will just go away like a vapor
The inevitable moment, the appointment of death may come any time!
So take that wonderful and most valuable decision you can make in your life.
And be with the company of those saints who made it possible for eternity.
This invitation may be your last chance to accept Him as your Savior and Lord.
I am sure you may not get yet another opportunity.
Do you want to go to Heaven or Hell.
So decide about your own destiny right now.
You need not fear death if you are in Christ.
May God Bless you to take this GREAT decision today!
Some related pages, if time permits please do have a look:
(This Post is part of the Blog Challenge : A to Z Blog Challenge 2014)
The Holy Bible (KJV,NCV, NLT)
Picture Credit: The Sunday Indian Weekly/Time Magazine/ A to Z Blog Challenge 2014
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