… proven by the significant.
Yesterday, while at work for the Navy in Pensacola, Florida a heart… suddenly… ceased… beating…
It was in the chest of a friend and co-worker who did computer work here at Corry.
There is nothing to be done for him anymore. The time is past for words of grace and peace. He is now and forever in the presence of the Lord. In mercy or judgment, my friend is before God.
He woke up yesterday with the expectation that he would be home with his wife that evening. He didn’t. He spoke to his co-workers as though the next day’s labors would continue as they had before. They did, only without him. His thoughts of “tomorrow” have been consumed by an enemy, the last enemy. Those thoughts went unfulfilled; ravaged by death.
Here is the thing… The enemy is pressing to our gates as well. It is not satisfied with the heart of my friend. It is an open maw and it hovers over us. It will consume us – without deference. No negotiation, no peace treaty, no declaration of neutrality can appease it. It is relentless. It is merciless. It is pressing.
Now, this enemy is no rogue agent, operating without a master. It bows before the Lord of the Universe and ushers everyone into His presence. It is there, before God, that peace treaties are considered and friendships weighed. Whose friend are we? Whose anger burns against us? What do we say to a God who knows our every idle word, thought and deed?
If Jesus Christ is not our friend… If the covenant He established does not include us… we are hopelessly cut off. Oh, how I plead with you to consider this and turn to Your only hope in this life and the next. Look on Jesus Christ, despise death and live.
As relentless as death is, Jesus Christ is more so, setting His face like a flint toward a place of death that He might offer you life. Death is merciless; Jesus Christ is full of mercy and grace.
Confess your sin and confess Christ. Believe that your death is deserved and then run to Jesus for the breath of Life, who is the Holy Spirit. If you confess Him before the world He will confess you before His Father. Death presses, but Christ presses closer still. Death is a maw, but Jesus is a kiss. Trust him.
Romans 10:9- 13 “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””