Written by Pamela K. Orgeron, M.A., Ed.S., BCCC, ACLC, Author
In less than two weeks I have lost two wonderful friends who impacted my life positively for the Lord. The first loss was of a dear saint of God who was like a second mother to me growing up, Jessie Sloan. Jessie and her late husband Doug were among my late parents’ closest friends. Now, no doubt, Jessie, Doug, and my parents are all rejoicing to spend this Easter season in Heaven together.
Yesterday, I was saddened to hear of the death of friend and brother-in-Christ, Ken Binkley, who ministered to me through his music and in other ways. Ken and his wife Shirley and my husband Milton and I all attended the same church for a number of years. Milton and I both loved to hear Ken sing! Brother Ken also encouraged and helped me along professionally making posters for book signings I had over the years we were friends. I still have the numerous posters Ken made me at no cost through his company, Ken Binkley Sign Co., Inc.
Like my parents, the Sloans, and Brother Ken, we all have an appointment with death. In Scripture, Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) tells us, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
Where did death originate? Physical death originated with The Fall in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 2:16-17 (NKJV), we are told
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God (Genesis 3), they became destined to die physically.
What is the significance of a person dying physically? For the lost soul, physical death closes the door on his or her opportunity to repent and to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ by way of salvation. Once that door of opportunity has been closed, there is no going back. That lost individual is destined for hell (Matthew 25:41-46; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9; Revelation 20:15). On the other hand, for the Christian, what a hallelujah moment to enter into the presence of God (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23).
If you died at this moment, where would you go? Have you come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? Are you ready to meet your Maker? If not, then what better time to become a Christian than during this Easter season, the time set aside to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For more information on how to become a Christian, please read Why the World Needs Revival and Spiritual Awakening, Part 2.