Not a day goes by where we don't hear or read about similar stories all across the country. I hear and see ambulances racing by daily in my neighborhood and wonder if someone else close by has passed away. I personally have lost many friends and relatives these past couple of years; a few high school mates, a few colleagues and longtime best friends. My mother passed away two years ago, my sister and brother a few years before that; but none of these deaths were unexpected. Some had acquired cancer, some of old age, we knew they had little time left; but none were taken unexpectedly!
What a shock it must be to those who lose a friend or family member overnight! Emergency rooms throughout the country are filled nightly with victims of unexpected death! It gets one to thinking. Did they know Jesus? Had they made Him the Lord of their life? Were they devoted and committed and were working in His service? Who truly knows what their relationship was with their creator. It is not for me to guess or assume; it actually is all about them and how they feel (or believe) in Jesus Christ and His Gospel, that those who believe He died on the cross to pay for their sins and gain ever-lasting life, and have chosen to follow and serve Him to the very end!
Many folks find this subject very complex and actually don’t want to hear of such nonsense. And that is their choice! God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus (the only persona that mankind can comprehend God and His personality through) are one and the same. The Holy Spirit is already here ministering to believers.
When Jesus Christ returns (which is sooner than lots of folks believe or think) many people will see God (in the form of the flesh man Jesus) and they will groan and moan as they realize who it was they actually pierced. Who was it that actually gave Himself up as a sacrifice for us, who paid the penalty for all of our sins and those of all mankind?
Way too many people fail to understand what actually happened on the cross. They don't understand the concept. I have always recognized this aspect and I very graphically wrote about this in my book, Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation. Hopefully I was able to drive that point home more clearly than they have ever been taught in the past.
In that book’s Chapter Six, entitled The Purpose for Tribulation, page 104, I reached deeply and personally into my heart to describe not only the painful passion experienced by Jesus Christ at the cross, but envisioned what He actually feared and experienced in the last few seconds of His life:
"As the author concludes this important chapter, please indulge him to share a very personal message. On many occasions, one of the sermons that the author preached in various churches during his brief ministry as an evangelist, he used an extremely graphic example of how he saw himself drowning in a pool of filth before coming to Christ. He described a gory scenario that included them picturing a giant vat filled with decaying dead animals, mixed amongst rotten meat, mingled with live venomous spiders, scorpions and snakes, all floating atop a pool of bodily waste material, generating the most odoriferous stench imaginable.
OK! Fine! But, dear friend, it’s not too late to connect with Him. There is still time. Or, who knows, you could be one of those folks who all of a sudden dies unexpectedly! Who really knows?
But you must act soon because after He returns, it will be too late. If you die in the next few seconds, it will also be too late!
Get off the computer for a few minutes, close your door, close your eyes and simply begin praying for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon you, to help you understand all things of God, to help you turn your life around, and to help you commit to becoming His disciple, and to make your life count for something besides your own ego, wants and personal desires. Go ahead! Do it now! As God's word states:
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Romans 13:11)
For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Joe Ortiz is the author of The End Times Passover and Why Christians Will Suffer Great Tribulation (Author House). For more information on Joe, his blogs, web sites and how to order his books, click here Joe Ortiz