It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. –Hebrews 9:27
In John 11, we see that death is universal. In verses 14-15 Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.”
Why didn’t Jesus immediately heal Lazarus? It wasn’t because Jesus had a lack of knowledge about Lazarus’s situation, just as Jesus doesn’t have a lack of knowledge about the predicament you are in right now. It wasn’t a lack of ability that kept Jesus from healing Lazarus; in a moment He could have healed him. Similarly, it’s not a lack of power that is keeping God from intervening in your situation. Think about it: what situation in your life could God not change in an instant if He wanted to? And it certainly wasn’t a lack of love that kept Jesus from healing Lazarus, just as it is not a lack of love that keeps God from intervening in your situation. The fact was, Lazarus died because death was part of God’s plan for Lazarus just as it is part of God’s plan for your life as well.
Have you come to terms with the fact that God’s plan for your life is that you will die one day? Unless you are a part of the generation that will be alive at the Rapture, no one is going to get out of this world alive. We have a hard time accepting that. Americans spend billions of dollars a year trying to slow the aging process. Joggers line the road early in the morning to exercise and to keep their hearts healthy. We take vitamins and fiber supplements, trying to stave off diseases. And those are good things. We ought to be good stewards of our physical bodies. But those things don’t keep us from dying. We all are going to die someday.
Have you come to terms with that fact that you are going to die? The writer of Ecclesiastes, Solomon, said, “It is the same for all. There is one fate for the righteous and for the wicked; for the good, for the clean and for the unclean; for the man who offers a sacrifice and for the one who does not sacrifice. As the good man is, so is the sinner; as the swearer is, so is the one who is afraid to swear” (9:2). It doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe, or what you don’t believe–you are going to die. There is one fate for everybody. Christians and non-Christians alike, we are all going to die. Now, notice Solomon didn’t say there is one destiny for everybody after you die; but there is one experience we all share, and that is death. The writer of Hebrews said, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (9:27).
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “A Tale from the Crypt” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2015.
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