“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). We all very well know that we are going to die, but are we ready? If Jesus comes back before we die, he will come unexpectedly, as a thief in the night. When the world declares peace and safety, then sudden destruction shall come upon them (I Thes. 5:2-3). Just as in the days of Noe when the world was eating, drinking, and marrying until the day Noe entered into the ark and knew not until the flood came and took them all away, so shall be the coming of the Lord on that day when time shall be no more (Matt. 24) At the time of our death we will open our spiritual eyes in eternity to a place of comfort or a place of torment. “ I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life” (Deut. 30:19). The Lord has offered us a choice of where we will spend eternity, it is up to us.
Jesus teaches us to be ready at all times. The parable of the ten virgins and the wedding feast tells us the importance of being prepared. Five prudent virgins took oil for their lamps and were prepared when the bridegroom came at an unexpected time and they were called into the wedding feast. The five foolish virgins who were gone to buy oil when the bridegroom came were locked out of the feast. The foolish virgins were not given a second chance. The bridegroom professed that he knew them not and they were locked out forever (Matt. 25:1-13). Jesus concludes this parable with the admonishment for us to watch and be alert for his coming. If we are ready when we die, or Jesus returns, we’ll be rewarded with a home in heaven. If we are not prepared, our reward will be torment for all eternity, with no hope of a second chance.
We must all die and we must all, without exception, stand before the judgment seat of Christ. But we can escape the torment of hell through the cleansing blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First Peter, chapter 1, tells us we are not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Who was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times to us. If we truly appreciate the extreme value of Jesus and his cleansing blood, we will diligently seek after him before it is eternally too late.
But exactly what must we do to prepare for that final day, one should ask? As with all matters spiritual let us consult the one and only final authority, God’s Holy Word. First we must hear God’s word to believe it, for how can we believe if we have not heard? (Rom. 10:14, John 6:45) We must believe and have faith. (John 8:24, Heb. 11:6) We must repent or we will perish. (Luke 13:3, Acts 17:30) We must confess Jesus and believe that God raised him from the dead. (Matt. 10:32, Rom. 10:9-10) We must be baptized for the remission of our sins to be saved. (Acts 2:38, 10:48, Mark 16:16, I Peter 3:21) We must also remain faithful until death to receive a crown of life. (Rev. 2:10, Heb. 5:9) Sounds like a relatively simple process, but have “you” come to Jesus for his cleansing blood and are “you” prepared to die? One year, one month, one week, one day, or one hour could be too late and you could spend all eternity in outer darkness, away from God, in torment, in that lake of fire, known as hell. Think about it.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00. If anyone has questions: please call 270-657-2455..
Brother Richard Sitz speaks on the first Sunday of each month and Crittenden Drive Church of Christ has graciously supplied us with a host of guest speakers for the remaining weeks of the month. We invite one and all to come visit with us and be uplifted by these fine presentations of the “Good News” of God’s holy word.