“Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 (HCSB)
About an hour ago I received the news that my father-in-law had died and gone to be with the Lord. The news stung. He will be sorely missed. It was not unexpected but it still hurts nonetheless. He had been struggling with poor health for over a year but now his physical pain is gone. That’s a good thing. But I will miss him greatly…he was a great father and role model for me.
The one thing that comforts me at this moment is knowing that his life didn’t end when he took his last breath on earth. The Bible is quite clear that those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ live forever. When Joe McAdory closed his eyes the last time here, he immediately opened them on the other side and saw Him.
Prior to His death, Jesus said that He was leaving this earth to prepare a place for His followers. In fact, He said that when it was time, He would personally come to escort them to that place. My father-in-law was one of His followers. He is now enjoying that special place designed by Jesus. He has actually seen the One he has been serving all these many years.
I can’t imagine the depth of despair that people have without this hope of the gospel. The emptiness and futileness of life becomes painfully obvious when faced with death without Christ. Even though the Gospel is good news in times like this, it is really no news to people who don’t know.
This is why “fishers of men” must keep on fishing for men while they are able. People are living without hope and they don’t even know that things can be different. Sin blinds us terribly. Sin leads to death. As “fishers of men” we must speak up and speak out. Don’t let your fear of rejection or busyness keep you from telling others the good news about Jesus. So what, if they reject your or your message! That’s not a good reason NOT to share the gospel. At least they’ll have had a chance.