(Gen 5:3) And Adam lived one hundred and thirty years and fathered a son in his own likeness, after his own image. And he called his name Seth. (Gen 5:4) And the days of Adam after he had fathered Seth were eight hundred years. And he fathered sons and daughters. (Gen 5:5) And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years. And he died.
Unless you are here when our Lord Returns one thing is certain one day you will leave this life. Death is inevitable yet for many if not most it’s a topic that’s rarely discussed. From the Christian perspective we know that death entered paradise as a result of man’s disobedience as we find in Genesis chapter 3. One interesting thing to note is that the first recorded death biblically was not due to natural causes but to murder. Recently we’ve had numerous situations where lives have been taken before there appointed time. You see I don’t believe that God intends for any of us to die tragically. In fact I believe that in most cases God plans for us to leave this life in similar fashion as my Dad did. He always said that “A True Child of God Can’t Leave This Life until they Give Up The Ghost” Which is pretty much how he left here. He quoted John 17 the chapter where Jesus ask God to watch over his disciples said his goodbyes to my mom and brother then transitioned.
Adam lived a total of 930 years yet he was not the oldest person on record in the Bible. That distinction went to Methuselah who lived 969 years he was a descendant of Seth whose name meant appointed. Methuselah’s dad was Enoch whose name meant dedicated which pretty much summed up his life. He was so dedicated to God that he never tasted death. Now it has been said that one way to explain the meaning of Methuselah’s name is “When He Is Dead It Shall Be Sent”. It has been said that Methuselah died the year of the flood and his Grandson was Noah. Of course whose name meant rest and comfort Noah built the Ark and he along with his family survived the Great Flood which destroyed all creatures and humanity save those safe in the ark. So from the time of the birth of Seth appointed by God and Joseph the earthly Father of Jesus who was one of Seth’s descendants. God had a plan to deliver mankind from the penalty of death. Because of that plan Death was never intended to be final as God never intended for anyone to die. However man let death enter into paradise via Adam’s sin. I believe one reason people lived so long prior to the flood is because God never intended for us to die. However because of sin the number of mankind’s days here on earth were shortened.
Nature itself gives witness to the fact that life recycles thus we must believe that there is something after this life. So why are we afraid to discuss death especially since it is inevitable? (Job 14:14) If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Job asks the question and the Apostle Paul provides us with an answer. (1Th 4:13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. (1Th 4:14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will also bring with Him all those who have fallen asleep through Jesus. (1Th 4:15) For we say this to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not go before those who are asleep.
(1Th 4:16) For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first. (1Th 4:17) Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall ever be with the Lord. Notice the Apostle Paul refers to those who have died in Christ as being asleep. Just as Jesus referred to Lazarus. I don’t believe as many do that our loved ones who have made their transition from life to Life eternal are aware of what is going on in this world. I believe they are at peace in the presence of the Lord. So if we believe the Word of God then there is life after this life.
Solomon the wisest man to ever live made this statement. (Ecc 7:1) A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. Why is the day of death better than one’s birth? The Apostle Paul once again helps to explain this. (2Co 5:6) Then being always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body, we are away from home from the Lord; (2Co 5:8) then we are confident and we are pleased rather to go away from home out of the body, and to come home to the Lord. As Christians living in a sinful world we are actually away from home. Once we accept Christ as our savior heaven not earth becomes our home. So the day of our physical death is actually better than our birth because we finally go home.
Over two thousand years ago they falsely accused our savior, they beat him beyond recognition, they crucified him then buried him in a borrowed tomb. He didn’t stay there three days later he walked out of the tomb. He’s coming back real soon for all of those who have put their faith and trust in him. Because he arose and yet lives our loved ones who have transitioned really are at peace. No more pain, suffering, disappointment, or trials of this life. There is a Great Day Coming and we’ll be reunited with friends and loved ones who have gone on before. I’ll see dad and mom again I’ll finally meet my grandparents from both sides who I never had a chance to meet. What a day that will be when all of us who know Jesus as savoir and Lord are finally home Be Encouraged and Blessed Minister Mike.