Death surrounds us, we can’t escape it and we can’t escape constantly hearing about it. Turn on any TV news program and the lead story will almost always be about some violent death. Pick up any Newspaper and usually somewhere on the front page will be a story that deals with someone’s death. Some are uncomfortable with this constant reminder of our mortality.
Death is something that we will all one day face, no matter how religious you are, no matter how good you are, someday you will face death and then face the maker of the universe.
How do you view Death? How have you prepared for this eventuality? Do you face our mortality with confidence or with fear?
John Claypool shares this story in Leadership, Vol. 12, No.1 “Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church, and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s, intoned, after the benediction, the sound of Taps, the universal signal that says the day is over. But then came the most dramatic turn: As Churchill instructed, as soon as Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of Reveille – It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning. That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be Taps; it will be Reveille”.
Churchill’s understanding is straight from the scripture. Paul writing in I Thessalonians 4:13-18 encourages us for our death. The key to these verses is found in the words, “I want you to know what will happen to Christians.” The word “Christian” is a descriptive word that is given to those who are obedient disciples of Jesus Christ.
For those who serve God it is not a matter of life ‘or’ death, it’s a matter of life and continuing life in a new location. Maybe it’s time to consider if you are ready for that day!
God bless you all and have a great week,