by Ken Trivette

Getting Ready To Leave This World
Ken D. Trivette
Genesis 47:27-48

1. I recently read an article in Newsweek entitled "RFK's Last Campaign." The story told of how on the day of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, at 6 p.m., Kennedy's host, movie director John Frankenheimer, took the Kennedy's downtown to the Ambassador Hotel, where they would await the election returns. Frankenheimer, a car-racing buff, drove very fast. Kennedy said to him, "Take it easy, John, life is too short." Just a few hours later, Sirhan Sirhan, stepped from the shadows and raised a .22 pistol and mortally shot Kennedy in the head.1

2. James tells us in James 4:14, "Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."

3. Regardless how you cut life, it is short, like a vapor that appeareth for a little time then vanishes away. The proper way to evaluate life is not that we are getting older, but getting closer. The moment we were born life's countdown began, and we are closer to zero than we have ever been.

4. Muhammed Ali once said, "Ain't worried about the spotlight. Ain't worried about money. Ain't worried about all the heavyweights today who can't fight. Ain't worried about nothin' but being immortal!"

5. The truth is, no one is immortal. Life is not forever. Sooner or later life comes to an end. The George Burn's of life somewhere celebrate their last birthday. The Bible says, "It is appointed unto men once to die" (Heb.9:27).

6. We read in Genesis 47:29, that "the time drew nigh that Israel must die." Jacob was 147 years old, and he found himself looking the inevitable in the face.

7. The truth is, the time is drawing nigh when each of us must die. It may be years from now, or just hours away, but the time is drawing nigh when each of us must die.

8. The only difference between you and me and a criminal sitting on death row, is we don't know how and we don't ...

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