Boy we sure have seen our share of celebrity deaths this year haven’t we? As I write this, they have just taken Carrie Fisher’s Mom, Debbie Reynolds to the hospital for what appears to be a stroke.
This year has seen Carrie Fisher, David Bowie, Lemmy (Singer), Glen Frey (Eagles Singer), Abe Vigoda, Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Prince, Gene Wilder, Muhammad Ali, George Michael, and Florence Henderson just to name a few.
Along with all of these deaths, we had a rather tumultuous year of Presidential elections that divided our country more than ever, and will continue to do so.
While it may seem like this year is the worst ever so far, there have been many, many worse years that mankind has lived through. Take for instance, when King Herod told his men to kill every male child in the land because he had no clue where to find Jesus (who was born just 15 miles away from him!) That, my friends, is a horrific year. Or maybe all of the years that Hitler kept killing Jew after Jew and experimenting on them medically just because he could? That, my friends, is a horrific year. Of course 9-11 was a day that shook this country to its very foundations and ruined that entire year, and many more to come.
Look, no one likes death. No one in their right mind would say, “Boy I wish I was dead right now.” I have worked with many depressed people who have said this to me, but in actually, they are looking for an end to their mental pain and suffering and the only way they can think to get there quickly is to die.
Now let me shine some light and good news on the topic of death – it means nothing to a Christian. NOTHING! It holds no sway in any way over a Christian. While no Christian should ever hope for death, when they do die, it is the most joyous day of their lives! The very second a Christian dies, they find themselves standing directly next to Jesus! In a perfect body! In the most perfect place there is, and they will get to be there for ALL ETERNITY!
So while it may seem like death is all around us – and in fact it is – if you are a Christian, then you should never fear death for a second. Death just means that all of the tests, and trials, and tribulations of this world ARE OVER FOREVER! You will get to stand in front of Jesus and walk through your life here with Him as He judges what you did with what He gave you, and then after that its off to your mansion that Jesus built for you to get acquainted with ETERNITY!!! You should literally be laughing in deaths face.
Sure, no one wants to leave their families here on Earth. After all, Earth life is all we have ever known and we just have no concept of what Heaven is like. But let me share something else with you – did you realize that Jesus has only been gone for about 2 days?? The Bible tells us that 1000 days here on Earth is like a single day to Jesus. It has been over 2000 years since Jesus rose to Heaven, so He has only been gone 2 DAYS!!!!
So the next time you find yourself fearing death or feeling bad for those who die, keep these things (and truths) in mind. Like Obi-Won Kenobi says, “You have taken your first step into a larger world.” When you meet Jesus for the first time, you will totally not care how or when you died. You will be the happiest you have ever been and you will only get happier every second of your eternity!!!!
I hope this brings some light to you in these times of darkness. It doesn’t matter who is President. It doesn’t matter which celebrity lives or dies. It only matters what you do with what God gives you while you are here on Earth, for it is on this you will be judged.
With Great Love,
Pastor Brad Komgenick