Capture Judgment day

When it comes to thinking about death and eternity, most of us truly don’t like to think about it. Many of us make plans for schooling, careers, vacations, etc., and never take the time to think about eternity and our eternal destiny. When confronted with questions about eternity, heaven, and hell, many will say things like, “Well, I’ve been a good person. I haven’t done anything so bad as to deserve hell.” Then many go on to list all of their accomplishments and good deeds such as attending church every Sunday, serving the poor, going on mission trips, teaching a Bible study, ministering to and feeding the homeless, knitting blankets for sick children in hospitals, etc., etc.

Then there are those who completely deny the afterlife and the reality of God as if that will change the reality of these things. Sometimes it takes a tragedy, however, to make us stop and truly think about the fact that one day our life will indeed come to an end –maybe sooner than we could ever imagine.

When the horrific news broke about the tragic deaths of NBA legend, Kobe Bryant, his precious thirteen year old daughter, and eight other precious people who lost their lives in the helicopter crash that took place yesterday, January 26th, it sparked many conversations on Facebook (and I am sure on many other social media platforms) about death, the shortness of life, leaving loved ones behind, and the awareness of how we all should be quick to forgive and to express our love to one another, because tomorrow may very well be too late to do so.

Many people also began posting comments about eternity, God, and the fear of death. It’s times like this, when people are opened to listening to answers to their questions, that those of us who are Christians should reach out with His love and  speak the truth of the Biblical gospel — gently, but firmly — to those who are fearful and who are sharing their thoughts about eternity, so that they might find the only true answer and the only true remedy for relieving fear, bringing hope, and providing assurance of forgiveness of sins and entrance into heaven –Jesus Christ.

No matter what one believes or doesn’t believe, no matter how successful we may become, or how many accomplishments we achieve as we walk down this road called life, when our life does come to an end, we will each find ourselves standing before a completely Holy God who provided only one way for sinful man to be reconciled to Himself. That one and only way is by believing the gospel; by realizing that each one of us are wretched sinners in the sight of a Holy God and in desperate need of a Savior. We must choose to no longer try and earn our forgiveness by doing good works, but choose instead to place our complete trust in what His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, already did. Jesus Christ — God, the second Person in the Trinity — willingly came into our sin-filled world cloaked in human flesh to live the perfect, sinless life that we could never live, so that He could take upon Himself the full wrath of God that we deserve because of our sins, upon Himself. He died in our place, was buried, and three days later He gloriously arose from the dead in bodily form showing that God the Father accepted His death as full payment for our sins –no matter how evil of a person we may have been.

If we choose to place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone, He will then seal us with His Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:6,7), give us His peace that surpasses all human understanding (if we choose not to worry about anything but rather pray about everything – Philippians 4:6,7), His strength will be made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and He promises never to leave or forsake those who place their trust in Him. (Hebrews 13:5)

Rich or poor, black, brown, yellow, red, or white, one day we will each find ourselves standing before God either cleansed from every sin and covered by the precious blood of Jesus and standing in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, or we will stand before Him still covered in our sin, guilt, and shame and in our own righteousness, which is like filthy rags in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6), and we will have to take the punishment for our sins ourselves, which will be an eternity separated from the presence of God in a place of eternal torment that was originally created only for the devil and his angels(Matthew 25:41), which is in the unquenchable fires of hell.

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My prayers go out to Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, their family, and to the family members of the other precious people who lost their lives in this tragic crash. May they come to find true peace, comfort, and healing through Jesus Christ.

God Bless You

Sincerely,

Mary Dalke – Living4HisGlory