- Genesis 5:5 (NKJV) So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
Here’s a sobering thought for you: What if our death was more important than our earthly life?
I thought about this earlier this morning during my study time while reading Henry C. Thiessen’s Lectures in Systematic Theology: I quote…
- “Contrary to the facts in the case of ordinary men, the death of Christ rather than the earthly life of Christ is of supreme importance.”
While I’d never put our lives (nor our deaths) on the level of Jesus Christ, I do push back a little on Thiessen’s statement about “ordinary men”. I don’t believe there are any ordinary men or women. All humans are made in the image of God so how could I consider anyone “ordinary”.
Now, back to the question: What if your death was more important than your earthly life?
It will be then that your family and friends (and enemies) begin closing out the final chapter of how they really feel about you. (Don’t confuse what is said at someone’s funeral with the “whole truth”—that is seldom the case.) How your family and friends really feel will be kept privately in their heart but will have a huge impact on how they will live the rest of their lives.
It will be at your death that you family will probably really look through your bible for the first time—what will they find? (Or do you even have a Bible? Or is it important enough that they will know to look there?)
It will be at your death that your checkbook, emails, business, private issues, personal effects will be gone through and dispatched with. What will you be teaching them? What will they discover?
And then think about the mystery on the “other side” of death. If there is even the remotest chance the Bible is true then how you die is of eternal importance! Whether rich or poor, popular or unknown, weak or strong—none of it will matter to you the moment you breathe your last breath. But if the Bible is true then how you die will matter forever.
And if the Bible is true then there is only one correct answer: but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31, NKJV)
Now that’s a sobering thought.