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The Appointment (6 of 10)
Series: Eternal Matters
Luke 12:16-21; Hebrews 9:27-29
Introduction: Three buddies were discussing death and one asked the group: "What would you like people to say about you at your funeral?" The first one responded, "I'd like them to say 'He was a great humanitarian, who cared about his community.'" The friend who initiated the conversation replied "I'd like them to say 'He was a great husband and father, who was an example for many to follow.'" They nodded in agreement and looked to the third buddy who'd been silent. Without hesitation he concluded, "I'd like them to say 'Look, he's moving!!'"
As a preacher and as a human I know that talking about death and dying is not one of our favorite subjects. I know the grief and the heartache death brings. I know the tears and the fears. I have probably been to as many funerals as any of you, possibly more. I know for a fact that I have preached sixty-two funerals in the last twenty-four years. I have preached the funerals of tiny infants, teenagers, young adults, and countless older adults. Sometimes death is expected. Often it isn't. But it is never easy.
Today I want to move from looking at Christ's Second Coming to looking at the way most of us will meet our maker. Unless Christ's coming is very soon, most of us will meet our maker in the old fashioned way--at death. That too is an issue of eternity. I want to explore the eternal truths found in this simple text. "Just as a man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment..." Or as the KJV words it, "It is appointed unto man once to die."
First, our text reminds us of the inevitability of death. This is not about being gruesome or morbid but honest. Few us like to think about it, but its true. "It is appointed unto man once to die." Scriptures teaches us clearly. "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fal ...
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