27Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Since last week I have thought over and over about death. Everyone here on earth has one thing in common: we will all die to these physical bodies. Last week, a good friend of mine lost his grandmother. She was 82 years old, weak and feeble. Also last week, someone I never met died. Yeardley Love, a lacrosse player from UVA. She was 22 years old, healthy and vibrant. Though the circumstances for my friend’s grandmother and Yeardley Love’s death were very different, they have both met their appointment with death and have now faced the judgement. Everything I have known and read about both of these individuals have indicated they were both amazing people. Both were kindhearted and strong women who loved other people. I pray that both of these women had a relationship with Jesus Christ for our works cannot save us when we reach the judgement seat. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” I believe each of these women’s lives meant something! I believe we can learn from both of them. I believe both of them taught us how to live our life, and I believe both have taught us something about death. It is my prayer that the lives these women lived touch the hearts of people everywhere and through their deaths many will come to a relationship with Jesus Christ!
So here’s the best part about death. Christ was sacrificed unto death, but overcame death so that we can be saved from our sins (sin is what causes us to die in the first place). For those of us who trust in Christ to save us; we will live! We will die to this physical body, but we will live eternally. I think back to November when my grandmother was put to rest. What a blessing to know for certain that she had a relationship with Jesus Christ! It was so much easier to say goodnight to her than it would have been to say goodbye. I know I will see my grandmother again one day. It hurts to lay a loved one to rest and not be able to speak to them and see them everyday. However, it’s comforting to know that they are living with Jesus! It’s soothing to know that they are not in pain and do not struggle. How I long for the day that the troubles of this world pass. I know when I die, I will enter into a better place because I have a relationship with Jesus Christ! It’s amazing to know that Jesus died so that my friend’s grandmother can live, Yeardley can live, my grandmother can live, you can live, and I can live! The lives of each of these people have meant something! Maybe it was to show you how to live. Maybe it was to help you think deeper about what happens after death. Please think about death and what happens when you die. This life on earth is temporary. We don’t even know when our time is up. Although this life is temporary, when we die life becomes eternal. Only through the grace of Jesus will we spend eternity with Him! Where will you spend eternity and why will you spend it there?