No exceptions – everyone dies

Norm Botterill shares wisdom he learned from a friend

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail which contained some down home wisdom in regards to death.

This observation is correct – you are going to die.  Let me ask you – have you faced your own mortality?  There is no way around it there are no exceptions to the rule.

It seems that we can make plans for a lot of other things in our life, education, job, the person we marry and the list goes on.  But have we made preparation in view of the brevity of life and the absolute certainty of death?

Here’s the down home wisdom sent to me by my friend. A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said,   “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”

Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

“You don’t know?  You’re a Christian man and don’t know what’s on the other side?”

The doctor was holding the handle of the door;  on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining.   As he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said,   “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before.   He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.  I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing – I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

As we observe Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday – the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is God’s endorsement on the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.  And proof positive of His promise of eternal life. Do you have a relationship with Him? If yes – death for you is stepping through the doorway into the presence of your Master.

I respectfully ask: have you made preparation in view of the brevity of life and your own mortality?

Norm Botterill is pastor at Northstar Baptist Church in Quesnel.