Like so many people around our country, I was shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of Kobi Bryant’s death yesterday, along with eight other people, including his daughter Gianna. It was shocking…sudden, unexpected and he was so young as were others on the same flight.
I’ve been thinking about death quite a lot in the past few weeks. One night I was laying in bed praying and thanked God for the gift my husband Chris. I realized how much my life has been enriched and changed because of him. He has brought my life new meaning and the everyday ordinary things like cooking and taking care of our home have a purpose.
As a Christian, I know that our death is a divine appointment. God knows our end before we were even born. He has determined and appointed our times…our beginning and end, even where we live.
He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him…Acts 17:25b-27b
Each day is a gift from God. It’s important for me to be grateful today and not take people for granted because I don’t know if we will have another day. More important is the truth that we will all die one day and we will stand before God to give an account for lives.
- 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, – Hebrews 9:27
Every one of us has sinned and broken God’s Law. We can never be good enough or do enough good works to earn our salvation.
- 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, – Romans 3:23
That is all of us…you and me!
- For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment. – Isaiah 64:6a-b
Apart from God sending His Son Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sin, none of us would or could be saved. There is One Way to God…Jesus Christ.
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6
The death of those nine people on that helicopter was tragic and unexpected. We should be in prayer for their families, friends, teammates, and co-workers.
But I want each one of us to consider our divine appointment. We don’t know when it will happen. We don’t know how we are going to die. Will we be on our deathbed and have time to repent and confess Jesus Christ as Lord? Or will our death be sudden and unexpected? We don’t know that.
- Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”— 2 Corinthians 6:2b
Lord willing, you may be granted many more days. But I beg you…do not delay. There is nothing more important than making sure that your salvation has been secured. That your sins have been forgiven. Because there will be no second chances once we die.
- 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. – Titus 5:4-7
Our Sovereign God…the One who is Holy, Holy, Holy and Righteous, He is the Righteous Just Judge and His Wrath against sinful man is just.
In the parable of the Prodigal Son, we see a picture of our Heavenly Father. He is standing and looking out and waiting for his wayward son to return. Here we can see the Mercy and Grace of God…His Lovingkindness and willingness to Forgive. The son didn’t deserve the father’s forgiveness…but the father was willing to forgive. God is rich in mercy and He has made a way for sinners to be forgiven, through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ who paid the sin debt of all who will repent and believe.
The Prodigal Son
11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13 And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ 20 So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’” – Luke 15:11-32
Don’t delay…for today is the day of salvation.