If Tomorrow Never Comes
It's a question we often push to the inner recess of our mind. For many of us, it's a question without an answer. It scares us. We would rather not think about it. And yet there it is, haunting so many of us, the question of, "When are we going to die?"
Unless you're on death row or taking your own life, you can never tell for sure when you will leave this earth. Many of us who are strong and healthy expect to live for a long, long time, so death is something that happens to someone else, not ourselves. We are too preoccupied with living to contemplate death. And yet death can pluck us from this earth as easily as you pluck a blade of grass.
How many of those people who perished in the World Trade Center knew that that would be the last day of their lives? As they prepared to leave for work that beautiful September morning, how many knew that they would never come home again, to the embrace of their loved ones?
Have you given a thought to your own death? Isn't it a shame that with death, all that you strived for comes to nothing? If you knew you are going to die anyway, what does a lot of things that you value in this life matter? The moment you are born, death lurks somewhere, ready to snatch you away. To be born is to be near death.
Do you know why you have to die? It's because of sin. Sin is something we cannot escape, and death is the wages for sin. (Romans 6:23). Because of sin, death enters this world and is spread to everyone. (Romans 5:12)
In Steve Job's Commencement Address at Stanford University, he said, "And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it."
This physical death perhaps, but there's more. If only Jobs knew.
Death is not the end. God has Good News for you. He has planned it right before the creation of the world, but is revealing it to you now. (1 Peter 1:20) It's his eternal plan, carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ephesians 3:11)
When this life is over, there is a brand new one, a beautiful one prepared by God Himself, specially for you. For this great plan to work, God gave his one and only Son, Jesus, to be your death substitute on the cross, that you will never perish with this death, but will enjoy eternal life with Him. (John 3:16)
Today you can vanquish eternal death by receiving eternal life through Christ Jesus, who died on your behalf. You are a sinner and as with all the people on this earth, you are destined for an eternal death. As a sinner, we do not deserve eternal life, but through God's grace, we have the chance to be called a child of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (Galations 3:26)
Why am I telling you all this? In case you do not know, and in case you are taking this lightly, I am on a race against time, to reach you before death does. Although I am less than the least of all God's people, by God's grace, I am able to bring this Good News to you and to all the people of the world, and to make it plain to everyone God's revealed plans. (Ephesians 3:7-9)
For many people, the question of death has no answer. But there is, and that's the Good News I'm bringing you today. Accept God's gift to you, and one day you will step out from this life and into the loving bosom of your heavenly Father. The only way is through Jesus, who said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) All you have to do is to acknowledge that you are a sinner, and you need Jesus to die for you sin, so that you can get eternal life with the Father in heaven.
If you are willing to accept this eternal life that God has for you, say this prayer:
"Dear God, I acknowledge I am a sinner. On my own, I am destined for eternal death. I thank You for sending Jesus to die in my place, and through Jesus, I can once again have a relationship with You. I welcome Jesus now into my life, as my Savior and Lord, and I look forward to serving You. This I pray in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen."
For many of us, we will never know when death will pluck us from this earth, so there's no better time to accept God's great gift than now. Prepare yourself today. Be ready for it, if tomorrow never comes.
Some passages from the Bible which are related to the above message:
I became a servant of this Good News by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of His power. Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me, to spread the Good News to you and all the people of the world the boundless riches of Christ, and to make it plain to everyone the mysterious plans of God, the Creator of all things.
This was His eternal plan, which He carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. (New Living Translation)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned ...
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
1 Peter 1:20
God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. (New Living Translation)
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, ...
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