march 24th - mortality
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:1-6 (NKJV)
Jesus told His disciples about His approaching death. The disciples were perplexed. Jesus comforted them by letting them know that He was preparing a place for them beyond the veil of death. I have become more aware of mortality as I move closer to being an "old" person. I guess that I must qualify as an old person since the average age of people living on planet earth is 15. "Are you serious...15?" As I move forward in time I have also experienced the pain of friends and family members passing away. This is also expected as everyone in my generation is aging. I enjoy life, so I have no death wish, but I see the day approaching.
I certainly do not have a morbid fascination with death, but as a Believer I also take comfort that there is a place being prepared for me on the other side of death. This turns the inevitable end in this life into the first step of the next. The skeptic might ask what is the basis of my hope. I can answer that challenge with one word: "Jesus."
I had two friends die last week. Both of them were of a similar age to myself. I am rejoicing, which is something strange to say when friends die, but in both cases, they were strong Believers in Jesus Christ. Not only do I have the hope that they will live again; I also personally know who is going to greet them on the other side. Each of them will hear the voice of Jesus saying, “Welcome thou good and faithful servant.” It doesn’t get any better than that!
Author’s Note: It is good that Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled,” because, death is a subject that has “troubled” written all over it! Death is an unwelcomed event in our lives; However, death has lost its sting. Jesus has proved His mastery over death. He raised Lazarus from the dead. He raised others from the death. He conquered death, hell and the grave. Amen! RJD