How would you feel if you knew that death was but a day or two away? In the last few days and weeks we had a senseless murder in our town, we lost a vibrant and young friend to death through a blood clot from a muscle injury, and a young father left behind his wife and two young children, losing a 3 month battle with cancer.
We all think about death and dying sometimes. It is the one sure thing, life on this earth is terminal.
And so it was, even for Jesus, the Son of God. He knew that He too would die the death of mortals, that it was the plan from the beginning that the sacrifice of His life will set free His people. Jesus was scared but resigned. Like all of us. The difference is that Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen, and when He would die. None of us, except those on death row maybe, know that.
Mat 26:1 When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples,
Mat 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Mat 26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,
Mat 26:4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him.
Jesus prepared the disciples, and left them with the most powerful religious message in the world at the last supper. In that one sentence, Jesus established the basis for His kingdom on earth.
Mat 26:27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,
Mat 26:28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Yet having done that, Jesus was scared, yet resigned to the will of the Father.
Mat 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
When we are close to death, or when we lose loved ones to death, I suspect that we will all pray that prayer. We will all ask for just a little more time, a few more opportunities, and the possibility of death to pass us by. Yet we have no control over that, it is purely the will of the Father. As He set the date of the crucifixion in place, so He has set in place the time and circumstances of each person’s death. It is His will.
Our purpose on earth is His purpose, and when it is accomplished, the Father will end it.
Joh 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
While very few of us know the time and circumstances of our own death, we know that in the death of Christ, we will live after death.
In the days before you die, make sure that you know what Christ did, and that you know Him.