Jesse M. Hendley
Second Corinthians 5:8
I want to speak to you now on Death. Don't turn off your radio, friends. This is a BLESSED thing! You and I are facing it, you know, and it is a wonderful thing to be READY for it when it comes, and the only way to BE ready is to THINK about it. It isn't a gruesome matter if we really come IN GOD'S WAY and learn how to be saved.
As you stand by the deathbed of a loved one or friend and see them breathe their last breath, you wonder exactly what has happened to them. Something has happened. The one who dwelt in that body has gone. That loved one no longer looks through those eyes or speaks to you through those lips. Something has happened. Can we actually know what happens when someone goes from the body into the so-called Great Unknown? The Bible doesn't speak of Eternity as the Great Unknown. It reveals what IS KNOWN about Eternity! That is why CHRIST came. That is why God wants us to know the Bible. That is why the Bible was written. And the Bible is SO, friends.
There are two ways of dying. One is dying in sin. The other is dying in Christ. Jesus said to certain people of His day, "If ye believe not that I am He, the Son of God, the Saviour, ye shall die in your sins." Now, to die in one's sins means to die without God, to die without hope, to die lost forever. There is something very terrible, according to the Bible, awaiting people who die like that. Jesus said again, "Whither I go ye cannot come." They couldn't come because they had not let Him change them. They did not love Him. But we read also in the Bible, "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Rev. 14:13. So, you see, people either die IN THEIR SINS or they die IN THE LORD.
One of those two will be true of every human being that comes into this world and goes out of this world, excepting only the two who did not go through death, Enoch and Elijah, who were CAUGHT UP into heaven without seeing death. They did not die. Also we read of Ko ...
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