We all know that one day we’re going to face death. It could be many years from now as we all hope, but the fact is it could be as soon as today. None of us know for certain but imagine if you knew your death is coming within only a few months or even just a few weeks. I honestly can’t imagine what it’s like to know death is knocking at your door.
This is the reality for the mother of someone very close to me. What began as severe pain and visits to the emergency room about 18 months ago led to a diagnosis of lymphoma, surgery that we thought removed the cancerous tumor, and then the shock when it returned with a vengeance and a terminal diagnosis. With the knowledge of having only a few months to live, this courageous woman came home, planned her own funeral, gave away some inheritance to loved ones, and now awaits the inevitable.
When life brings about such turmoil, my thoughts immediately begin to contemplate if the person is a Christian. The only way to be certain you will make it to Heaven upon your death is to believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who walked this Earth over two thousand year ago and was crucified on a cross to save us from going to hell for our sins. But that is still not all. You also must be a living example as a servant of God, knowing that you will never be completely without sin and must ask our righteous Lord for forgiveness.
I am certainly not perfect and must ask continuously for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. When it comes time for me to face Judgement Day, I know that I will have a lot to answer for. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgement …” reads Matthew 12:36. Death is not the end. We have all sinned and will be judged by God. But only those who are truly Christians will enter the pearly gates of Heaven.
While mentioning Judgement Day, I also must say that I surely don’t want to face God’s wrath when Jesus returns to Earth as described in Romans 2:5. “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed.”
Jesus could reappear on Earth at any time. There is always someone saying the “end of time” is near. And if you look at some of the events happening on Earth and compare it to the events described in the Bible for when the “end of time” is coming, you can conclude that Jesus’ return may be near. Unless you’re a young child when this time comes, you will be judged.
We should already be considering where we want to be after death or when Jesus descends again on our world. Heaven or hell? Where are you going to spend eternity?