John 8:21 – “Jesus again said to them, I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins; and where I am going you cannot come.”
The man Job said that man, born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble or sorrows. It is a sad reality that tragedies are a part of life and come to everyone. I believe that the most disturbing statement in the Bible may well be this verse in John 8. Jesus said, “…you will die in your sins; and where I am going you cannot come.” What could be more horrifying that that? I cannot fathom hearing those words and not falling on my face, repenting of every sin, and pleading for God’s mercy and grace.
This passage brings four thoughts to my mind as I read it. I would like to share my thoughts with you.
That is an unavoidable fact. When we are born, in a very real sense, we begin to die. We begin the journey from the cradle to the grave and our eternal destiny. The writer of Hebrews declares that staggering reality, “…it is appointed for men to die once, and after their death the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). We will one day end this journey on earth and stand before God giving an account of our lives to Him who knows everything from beginning to the end.
I told someone, “If you can guarantee me that you will not die, none of your loved ones will die, and none of your neighbors will die, I will not mention death to you again.” But we know that God has spoken through the Word of God (Bible) that each of us faces this unavoidable appointment. We will die. I am not trying to be morbid, but it is a reality that we must face and should face.
PEOPLE DIE IN THEIR SINS
I know some discount and deny the reality of sin. They insist that everyone will go to heaven regardless. They insist that a loving God could not and would not allow His children to go to eternal hell. But we only become His children through the new birth. We are all His creations but not all born again into the family of God. Sadly, they transform the Bible to satisfy their desire to not have to be accountable for their lives. They seem to forget that God is Love, but He is also Holy, Just, Pure, Righteous, and Merciful. He will judge sin! He has to. Failure to do so would transform Him into something other than the Eternal Righteous God that He is – Totally Without Sin!
That should prompt us to think about family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone we meet could one day die in their sins without Jesus. Jesus addressed the importance and value of the soul when He asked, in Mark 8:37, “what could a man give in exchange for his life (soul)?” Dying without God’s forgiveness and the new birth is at the top of the list of most tragic things. It has eternal ramifications.
Revelation 22:11 declares, that people often die the way they have lived. “He who is unjust will continue to be unjust: and he who is filthy will continue to be filthy: and he who is righteous will continue to do righteousness: and he who is holy will continue to be holy.”
Everyone, no exception, will face eternity in the condition in which they died and based on their lives. If a person lives without Christ and dies without Christ, they will die in their sins and face the judgment of God and the eternal reward of that rejection of His Grace!
I want to deal with this one more time but will pause here. I pray that the LORD will rain His mercy upon you and enable you to live free of sin and guilt.
Have a Great Day!