There’s a couple of T-shirt designs
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By Braxton King
There’s a couple of T-shirt designs that I’ve seen in the past that made me chuckle. One had inscribed, “If I’d known I was gonna live this long I would’ve taken better care of myself.” The other one had on it,”Statistics say, One out of one people die.” Death is something that we all know we have a date with, but we don’t want to talk about. There were seven of us in that little house in Revelo where I was raised. Now in 2023, there’s only two of us left, me and my sister Jill. Time waits for no one, and eventually, every one of us will pass from this life. The richest man in the world may be able to slow death down some, but he will not be able to escape it. The original lie to Eve in the garden was this, “You shall not surely die.” Every graveyard we pass proves that was and is a lie. One of the things my parents spent time preparing me for was death. My parents had a strongly held belief that there was an afterlife. They believed this life was only a place where we could make good choices that would impact eternity. They taught me about a Savior who died for my sins but was raised from the dead for my justification. They taught me Jesus Christ had defeated death, hell, and the grave, and through faith in Him ,I could be set free from the fear of death. I thank God my parents had this faith and this stand to encourage my young heart.
The Bible says, “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” There are two appointments spoken of in this Bible verse. Number one is an appointment with death, and number two is an appointment with judgment. These truths are as constant as tides and time. The Bible is very clear, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The Bible also teaches, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” We also have in this verse two truths. One being that sin pays wages which are death. Number two being that Jesus gives a gift which is eternal life. One is based on my actions and is what I’ve earned, The other is based on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, and is a gift from God. In life we get health insurance, life insurance, death insurance, dental insurance, fire insurance, loan insurance, and many other insurance policies. The question the Bible drives home to our hearts is this, “Have we prepared for eternity?” Is Jesus truly, the truth, the life, and the way? Is He the door to eternal life? Is what He told Nicodemus true, “You must be born again?” Many see these questions as vitally important as they pertain to eternal life. As my parents did, I believe death is not the final happening in a life. One scientist gave this definition of death: death is passing out of correspondence with one surrounding and entering into another. The Bible says it this way, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” This is the heritage of the born-again believer who does not have to fear death any more.
“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Because, Jesus lives, we live.”