A man who was suffering from poor health decided to move to a warmer climate. Wanting to make sure he would choose the area best suited to his needs, he visited several locations. While in Arizona, he asked those who lived there: “What’s the average temperature?” “What about humidity?” “’How many days of sunshine are there?” When he asked, “What’s death rate?” he received this answer: “Same as where you come from, friend – one death for every birth!”
In spite of medical progress in prolonging life and improving its quality, the death rate remains unchanged. And the reason is that since “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), “it is appointed for men to die once.”
It is therefore essential to live with the right perspective – that death follows life, and that after death comes the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Those people who trust Christ for salvation will come forth from their grave “to the resurrection of life,” while those who reject Him will “come forth … to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:29). For unbelievers, death seals their doom. But for believers, it leads to glory!
Yes, wise is the person who faces up to the certainty of death. And wiser still is the one who prepares for it (John 3:16; Romans 10:13). – Richard W. De Haan
As sure as setting of the sun
In evening’s western sky;
Our life’s brief day will soon be done
And we will have to die. – D. J. De Haan
Death is the last chapter of time, but the first chapter of eternity.
- March 26, 1991, Our Daily Bread