“Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (I-Corinthians 15:51-52).
I am amazed, even today, at the number of people who have seen the Cross and profess a belief in its power, but not all have come to the Cross. Speaking from personal experience I can tell you when you come to the Cross, it is a profound experience that transforms your life forever. Webster, the dictionary guy, defines transform as a verb; to change somebody or something completely for the better, especially improving their appearance or use-fulness. If you can change what you believe, you can change what you do. The Cross, changes us and others, but you must come to it, it will not come to you. No experience, no change.
Unfortunately, there are those individuals that have deceived themselves into believing they have plenty of time and will come to the cross later rather than sooner. Some believe they will always have a second chance, and it may be true. Consider what every gambler knows, as long as you think you have another chance, you are willing and more often than not take a chance. Fortunes have been lost, marriages broken, lives ruined and as silly as it sounds human souls are being lost to this notion. I believe that from God’s perspective He gives us another chance every day. It is up to us to take that chance and exercise it or lose it to apathy and-or disbelief. When will you surrender and come to the Cross? Today is a good day.
Death is a mysterious and unavoidable experience. For most humans it is a fearful and foreboding contemplation, however, it is an ever-present consideration in the human life experience. A Preacher said; “We come here on the way out,” paraphrased—we live to die. Understandably, there is a very profound question lurking in every human being’s mind: What happens when I die? The Apostle Paul addressed the subject in a letter to the Thessalonians – and his perspective is one of the most enlightening and inspiring in the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ: “The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I-Thessalonians 4:16-17). Thanks be to God who gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ removing our concern for death as a permanent state.
Many people claim to believe in God but have never made a commitment to Him. They say at or near the end of their lives they will accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, choosing instead to live as they please today rather than surrendering to him. In their reprobate and deceived minds, they have outwitted God and relish having it both ways. This is the epitome of self-deception, spiritual foolishness and a very dangerous chain of thought. More often than not this kind of person usually become less spiritually sensitive over time versus more spiritually sensitive. Further-more, they often become more resistant to the Lord Jesus.
A simple reminder, no one knows when he or she will die. An accident might take you before you accept Jesus as your Savior, or worse-case scenario Jesus could come at any minute, he did say that he was coming back, and it would be too late. The coming of the Lord will be like “a thief in the night” (I-Thessalonians 5:2). Glory to God Most High for the Atonement of His sacrificial Lamb that in Christ we can be ready for His coming, day or night.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). The Apostle Paul urges us to have his perspective, with Paul’s perspective on life, we cannot lose. Wherever he is, Paul considers it “the world” into which the Lord wants him to go to preach the Gospel. Even prison is a positive experience for Paul, because he is able to spread the Gospel there. And if he is to die, that is even better. To live is fruitful ministry, but to die is gain. Most of us have our thoughts and focus too deeply planted in the material things of this world to identify with Paul’s perspective. We must learn to let go. Paul says that we were dead long before death arrives at your doorsteps. We had decrees written against us that we are powerless to remove.
Humanity can no more save itself than fly like a flock of birds to the moon. Both are simply impossible, and because of our physical condition and the spiritual laws of God, we stand a greater chance of making our spiritual condition worse instead of better by trying to save ourselves. God makes us alive together with Christ and removes the decrees against us by nailing them to the Cross. Eternal life is gained by getting to know the one true and living God and faith in His Son Jesus Christ as soon as possible or not at all. “I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day” (II-Timothy 1:12). God loves us, Jesus died for us, the Holy Spirit rest and abides with us and His grace is sufficient for us. Be blessed until the blessed call you blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ