[Calvary Chapel] 2004-12-02 - An Eternal Moment

Heb 9:27-28 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, 28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. (NAS)

My Sister-in-Law passed from this life Tuesday morning. We had all just spoken with her and her husband on Thanksgiving day. She was a friendly, gentle spirit. She had a mild disability, but played the piano beautifully. She was remembered to me as a wonderful mother to her children. And, most importantly on Tuesday morning, she knew Jesus Christ as her Savior from sin.

From Adam to the thief on the cross, to this very moment in time and beyond, every man, woman and child that lives now or has every lived prior (save two) face death. Death is something most people resist. But death does not have to be the enemy that is loathed and feared. For the Christian, death can be a release from this life to be with their Savior. Now, please don't mistake me. I'm not suggesting that death is something to be sought. God has us here for a purpose and things to teach us here. But death is not the end any more than the cocoon is the end for the caterpillar.

There are two moments to consider here. Tuesday morning when her heart stopped was the moment of release from this life for my sister-in-law. But years before she had made a decision to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. And in that moment her eternal destiny was changed from eternal separation from God to eternal life with Him. She was sealed against that day, and her debt of sin was marked - paid in full. Because of that fact, we do not dispair. We grieve our separation. But we look forward to the day we will be together again.

What is the status of your ledger. Is it paid in full too? If it is not, it is time to consider the alternatives. Jesus promises us a home for eternity full of the light of His life and power. He promises that we will be healed of all our ill and wounds. And that we will life the way He always wanted us to live - as brothers and sisters. We will sit like Mary, at His feet learning from the Master. Read the last chapter or two of the Revelation if you want a description of this amazing city.

The best case for the alternative is eternal separation from the love of God. The unending despair of that thought alone is horrific. Please take the time to consider this before your destiny is sealed for eternity. What needs to be done? Repent of your sins. This is a fancy way of saying turn your back on your sins. Agree with God that they are wrong and you want to live His way, free from sin. Ask for God's forgiveness for the sins you have committed. He is always ready to forgive you if you are serious. Ask Jesus to come into your life and be your Savior from sin. He promised anyone who asked sincerely that He would do just that.

Does this mean that you will never stumble? No. But it does mean that you are forgiven and you are on the right path. If you have made this decision and know of a good Bible-believing local church, you should start attending if possible. There is a lot to learn about this new life you have entered. There may be a class for new Christians that would be very helpful. If you do not know of such a church in your area, please write us and we will do our best to help find you a good church in your area.

We can never know when the sands of the hourglass will finish running. Be ready.

John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (NAS)

Lord Jesus, give people reading this the courage they need to make a decision for You today. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

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