“We’d all better be ready, says Pastor Phil Weaver, “because that time will surely come – for every single one of us.”
Quite rightly, there is huge concern about the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time of writing more than 125,000 people in the UK have lost their lives to the virus. That’s a lot of people who might never have imagined that the time had arrived for them ‘meet their Maker’.
For the majority of them, they will have been caught short, on the hop, unawares. And so have their families.
You know, Jesus Christ couldn’t have been more on point when he said, “No one knows the day or hour.”
So the long and short of it is this: we’d better be ready, because that time will surely come – for every single one of us!
Times like these cause each and every one of us to reassess what is really important in life. Things like health, family, safety and looking out for the welfare of others. And surely it’s also an ideal time to get prepared for what comes next –to prepare for our eternal destiny once and for all.
Death is the consequence of sin, a poison that permeates our world like a vicious virus or cancer. The story of the Bible is the story of how God, through Jesus, conquers death, undoes its power and, to borrow the words of the great author JRR Tolkien, makes everything sad come untrue.
In fact, the Bible says that when Jesus died and rose from the dead, he “destroyed death and… brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
There is hope for life after death. Contrary to the beginning of many jokes, Saint Peter does not stand guard at the pearly gates deciding whether our good stuff outweighs our bad stuff.
The Bible says those who hope in Christ share in his everlasting life and his victory over death.
Christ has torn the chains of death apart and gives eternal life to all who place their faith in him.