THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
((Thanks to Cuz Myrna for this one!))
They were having a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company.
He was "retiring" due to 'downsizing.'
During the dinner, the manager commented cheerfully,
"This is fun. We should do this more often."
Not another word was spoken.
Everyone just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.
7 And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years.
8 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.
Life is brief and uncertain.
Even 175 years is a short time.
Death, sooner or later, comes to all of us.
Are you prepared to go NOW?
Notice the phrase "gave up the ghost."
The Hebrew is literally "breathed out his breath."
According to Genesis 2:7, we are given existence by God's breath.
We are bodies of clay, with a spirit (person) inside.
When it is time for us to die, God simply calls back His breath from our bodies made of clay, and our bodies return to dust again.
Even though our bodies return to be dust, the "spirit" (or the person) returns to God for determination of our eternal existence.
Solomon described this poetically in Ecclesiastes 12:6-7,
"6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
However, In Christ, we are assured of a resurrection!
One day, He will return and call all bodies from the graves.
They will be rejoined with their spirit (person), "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." (1 Cor 15:53)
After the resurrection and judgment, Christians will live in the "New Jerusalem" forever.
There will be no sickness, diseases, death, light bills, rent or taxes!
Living for Jesus, on this earth, yields the most joy in this life.
AND, the "retirement" benefits are literally out of this world!