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by Alan Yusko

Our time on earth passes very quickly. It is not too long before a person becomes age 20. Then they quickly turn 30, 40 etc. When a person is young they want time to pass quickly. When a person is older they want time to slow down.

Life goes by quickly and soon our time on earth is finished. Life goes by so fast that those saved in life will quickly be rejoicing before the throne of God. The lost will quickly perish forever in the lake of fire. Lost people do not realize this fact. They are literally one heartbeat from hell! Here is what the Bible says about the shortness and quickness of life:

Job 9
25 Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good.
26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle [that] hasteth to the prey.

James 4
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Psa 90
10 The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Above, the Bible says our days pass by swiftly. Our lives are like a fast ship or a vapor that appears and quickly vanishes. The only thing that matters when this life is over is if a person is saved or not! Is the Lord Jesus your Saviour or not? That is all that matters when our life on earth comes to an end.

Not only does our life pass quickly but it is uncertain. Death can come at very unexpected times. Read the following about a rich man who was surprised at the swiftness of his death.

Luke 12
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Wasn't the man above foolish? He spent his life seeking and working for temporal riches. When he finally made lots of wealth, he was surprised because God said it was time to die. There is a lesson in that parable! Our goal on earth is not to see how many riches and toys one can accumulate! Remember, you never see a U-Haul at a funeral! The riches and wealth of this world cannot be used after death. At that point the only thing that matters is if a person has received or rejected the Lord Jesus as Saviour.

Death is our enemy. For the living it can come when not expected or invited. But the Lord Jesus gives hope after this life is finished to the Christian. Death isn't so much of an enemy for the Christian as it is for the lost person. No one looks forward to the day they die but at least the Christian knows where they will go to spend eternity. For a Christian to be absent from the body (death) is to be present with the Lord! Here is what the Bible says:

2 Cor 5
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

At the moment a Christian dies, he is ushered into the very presence of God. The above verse states clearly that to be absent from the body (death) is to be present with the Lord (in heaven!). Now that is real hope when we see friends and loved ones die. Christians do not have the hopelessness and uncertainty of the wicked and lost in relation to death. We have God's Word the Bible and Christian people know what happens at death.

Death is a defeated enemy. At the cross the Lord Jesus defeated the devil and the power of death.

Heb 2
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The believer need not worry as God has control of our time here on earth. He knows the exact day of our birth and the exact moment of our death (or rapture to heaven!).

Ecc 3
1 To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;

Since our life passes so quickly we must make the right choices. A person is either saved or they are unsaved. A saved person has the Lord Jesus as His Saviour and an unsaved person does not. A saved person has a home in heaven and a lost person will spend his eternity separated from God burning in the lake of fire.

While we live on earth we must make an eternal decision. Will you accept or reject salvation found only in the Lord Jesus Christ? There is nothing else in life that matters!

John 3
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 3
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Where do you stand reader? Is the Lord Jesus your Lord and Saviour?

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