Passed Away Job 9:25-26 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Job talked about the time of death as passing away – this is where the expression we use comes from – when people die, they pass away. While they live, time flies by:
- Swifter than a post – Pony Express – passed away
- As swift as the ships – Horizon – passed away
- As swift as the eagle – Dive and gone with the prey – passed away
Jack Trieber recounted the past 40 years of his ministry from starting in a small building to now 1,000’s of members as if it just happened overnight – it all happens so fast – so it behooves us to consider the following.
The passing away of a loved one is:
A grievous event for the family – the Egyptians mourned for Jacob 70 days [Gen 50:3] – in 1 Thes 4:13 the passing of a loved one is a great time of sorrow.
A joyous event for the saved – 2 Cor 5:1-8 – as many good memories as you can recount, no memory your loved one had compares with the joy of leaving this life to be joined with the Lord.
A precious event for the Lord – Ps 116:15 – this is why God’s Son, Jesus Christ, died – that’s why we preach the gospel – Jesus didn’t abolish death in such a way as to keep us from dying [he died] – he gave us life so that in dying we continue to live [he arose].
A tragic event for the lost – Lk 16:19-31 – the lost when they die go straight into hell – the flowers, the beautiful casket, the presentation of the deceased and the well manicured cemetery are all designed to take away the appearance of the sting of death – those cannot compensate for the fires of hell.
A saved person’s greatest desire in life is to see his family come to Christ – a dear saint in our church who recently passed away requested more prayer for her loved ones than she ever did for herself in her declining health – the great tragedy in their lives and hers will be if, at the time of their passing away, they don’t arrive in heaven with her – God will have to wipe away the tears from her eyes; he won’t be able to wipe theirs.
Conclusion: won’t you trust Jesus today?!?