For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? Job 27:8
Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:2
I have a fascination with watching videos on Facebook, especially “home” videos filmed in foreign countries. A couple of videos that haunt the edges of my memory involved someone being swept away within seconds by angry water.
The first one was a video of 3 people sitting on some rocks at the edge of the ocean. Large waves came in and swept all 3 off the rocks. 2 of the people were pushed to the back of a huge rock and were kept from being sucked out into the roiling waves. The other person, sadly, was sitting closer to the ocean and the wave sucked him between the rocks and away.
Why, you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
The second was of a man who went for a swim in a river. A man was videotaping him and got distracted with something while his friend slowly drowned. By the time the man looked up the friend was no where to be found. All you can hear is the man frantically calling his friend’s name.
For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish...Psalm 49:10
Just like that! Their life was over.
But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you: Luke 12:20
Our sermon topic last Sunday was “Repent and believe, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” based on numerous quotations from the Holy Scriptures.
I have been meditating on this verse all week. I often ask myself why did the Holy Spirit inspire the writers of the Bible to say things the way they did. I woke up early this morning and had a revelation of one reason why. In this case, Jesus showed me that the Old Testament prophets, John The Baptist, The Apostles, and even Jesus Himself, spoke those particular words because, in a fallen cursed world full only of death and decay, they knew that we all are just a breath away from…death…and God. The Kingdom of God is near because death is near!
My Spiritual father told me once that to see Jesus’ Kingdom, all it would take is for God to lift a veil from our eyes, for that is how close heaven is.
But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 2 Corinthians 3:16
That is a comfort for those who know where they are going, but a terror for those who do not. So then, how can one know that when they die they will go to heaven?
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
Rather than the angry waters of death sweeping your vaporous life away, be washed in the grace-filled waters of baptism.
…having been buried with him (Jesus) in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:12
Once you repent, believe, and are baptized, no terror of death can sweep you unsuspectingly away.
Baptism…now saves you…It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life.
1 Peter 3:21
Being saved we can approach our Heavenly Father confidently in every thing.
…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
Jesus, I pray for the salvation of those who do not know you. Those about whom Psalm 73:19 speaks…How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
May we not be swept away in the curse of death that hangs over all nations. Deliver us by the power of Your Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.