I’m sitting at my mother’s bedside and she is dying.
It is not an unexpected event since she is 99. But the sheer rapidity of the onset of pneumonia took us all by surprise. She was playing a game with my sister last Saturday. On Sunday she was reading the library books I had picked up for her and anticipating her grandson’s visit this week. By Tuesday, she was short of breath and feverish. By the next Saturday—today—she is unresponsive and near the end.
All we can do is make sure she is comfortable and well cared for. And wait. And pray.
Death always seems to take us by surprise. We know it is coming for us all, yet really, deep down, we push it to the back of our thoughts, assuming it will not happen today. Yet one day, it will happen to each of us—unless the Lord returns before that occurs. We are all terminal.
Yet our souls are not. They continue on after our bodies fail and for those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, death becomes new life. And I praise God for that because that day can be a celebration as we rejoice with our Savior and are reunited with loved ones in eternity. No more pain. No more tears. No more saying “goodbye” to loved ones.
There are many who have their own ideas of heaven. They think that, somehow, God will allow everyone to enter, especially those who do good works. But Jesus Himself made it quite clear that the road to heaven is narrow while the path to destruction is wide. Some believe that the skinny path is narrow-minded. But the painful road to Calvary was a heavy price to pay for our sins if heaven were open to everyone, regardless of their beliefs.
If it does not matter what we believe as long as we are “good,” why did Jesus have to pay that terrible price? God’s Word says that “our righteousness is as filthy rags.” (Isaiah 64:6) The truth can hurt sometimes. We just can’t act good enough to be clean in God’s eyes because we are born with a sin nature that only the blood of Jesus can reconcile.
It is the age-old battle between good and evil. And the evil one must have shuddered when Jesus gave His all for us. It was victory at last over death and the wages of sin.
This triumph over evil is a free gift to us all by confessing our sins and acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
Something to consider—before you reach your termination date.