In the wake of the mass shooting that happened in Denver, Colorado last week, several articles and videos came out that demonstrated what to do if you find yourself in a similar situation. I thought that that was rather thoughtful of people to put together. But if you ever find yourself in such a situation, and those things don’t work, you need to be ready to die. And, today, I’m going to show you how you can do that.
Someone once said, “Death is always around the corner.” That is so true. From the time we are born, the specter of death looms close by. It stalks us from our birth to the end of our life where it closes its grip over our cold bodies and claims us for the grave. Death lurks on crime-ridden streets where gang members snuff out each other’s lives with guns. Death walks desert battlefields where soldiers sacrifice their lives in service to their countries. Death hovers nearby as terrorists blow themselves up among unsuspecting men on their way to work, mothers shopping, and children going to school. Death’s long march from the Garden of Eden continues as disease and sickness runs their course in our frail bodies.
We don’t like to think of the ever-present reality of death. Scientists have researched an abundance of things we can do that are supposed to increase our lifespan. For example, they say that being happily married, going to bed early, walking, running, living in the country, having a lot of children, learning to play the piano, not smoking, being optimistic, drinking black tea, drinking a little wine, getting a pet, and eating chocolate will all help us delay the day when death comes knocking at our door. Yet death still comes knocking.
So many people who seemingly have their whole lives ahead of them are surprised by death. Shocked by death. Taken aback by death. Death is no respecter of persons. Death is not a racist. Death is not prejudiced. It takes the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the educated and the ignorant, the Jew and the Gentile, the black and the white, the straight and the homosexual. Nobody escapes death. Nobody cheats death. In fact, the Bible says, “it is appointed unto men once to die.” There are very few things certain about life — one of them is death.
So, what can you do about it? If death is inevitable — and it is — is there anything you should even try to do? The answer, my friend, is yes. While death is inevitable, death is not the end. While the Bible says, “it is appointed unto men once to die,” it also says, “but after this the judgment.” After you die, you will face God and then you will be sent to one of two places — heaven or hell. Heaven is where all of those who have accepted Jesus Christ will go after they die — it is a place of beauty, peace, joy, and eternal life. Hell is where all of those who rejected Jesus Christ will go after they die — it is a place of torment, punishment, sadness and despair.
If you want to go to Heaven after you die, you simply have to put your trust in the only one who defeated Death. His name is Jesus Christ. He is God’s Son who came to earth and lived as a man for over 30 years. His single goal was to provide a way for us to be saved from our sins (the bad things that we do) and the consequences of our sins which is Death. He accomplished this goal by living a perfect and holy life and then dying on the cross. As he died an agonizing death on the cross, He took all of our sins on Himself and God the Father poured out all of the punishment that we deserve on His Son.
Jesus Christ was buried in a tomb, but three days later He rose from the dead. He walked the earth again because He had defeated Death once and for all, and now, if we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ we will overcome death when we die as well.
+ Plus, listen to Stephen Curtis Chapman singing “With Hope”