All living things die. Interestingly, cars—even it has no life on its own—have “lifespans” also.
According to NCHS—National Center for Health Statistics–survey in 2016, car accidents killed 146,571. The most recent ones could escalate more, as the population grows bigger.
Life expectancy in the US is 78.8 years. The bottom line is: Everyone dies.
The fact that every person dies, it should compel us to really live to the fullest.
From time to time, we see cars left on the roadside or thrown in the junkyard. Although there are cars that go beyond the lifetime of their owners, most don’t.
As such, most long-term owners experience letting go of their favorite cars and let it die in the garage.
The fact is the second law of thermodynamics subjected all vehicles to deterioration.
Billy Graham, in his book Answers to Life’s Problems, said.
“Death is not the end of the road—it is merely a gateway to eternal life beyond the grave. The Bible teaches that every one of us will continue some type of existence after death—either in Heaven or in hell. The most important decision you will ever make is the decision you make about eternity.
For people, death is one of the most painful experiences in life. Nothing comes close to losing a loved one and letting go.
A lot of people are afraid of death. For some, death is a loss, but for others, it is an ultimate “gain” (Phil 1:21).
Socrates says, “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” Is it?
A lingering question remains: Is Jesus really the answer to death?
Death—both physical and spiritual—is only applicable to humans. But because Jesus won the victory over death for us, we should trust Him and thank Him.
Christ is risen from the grave.
We have hope in Christ because He is the one who suffered and died on the cross, but above all, He is the resurrected Christ. He conquered the grave and death.
This should mean for us that we should not fear death, but we should face death as part of the reality of life.
As my late father and follower of Jesus once said, “If you’re not ready to die, then you’re not ready to live.”
You will truly live if you face death with faith in Christ, the resurrection and the life.
The cross of Christ is where the love of God is demonstrated to the uttermost. There is nothing that could supersede the cross as an expression of Jesus’ humility and love.
The Bible says, “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil.2:8).
If Jesus did not obey, we could have been left hanging on the fate of time. We remain people without sense of purpose and hope. Because of Christ’s obedience, we have hope for eternity.
That is why Jesus says, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again” (John 10:17).
Before Jesus came into this world, He knew already that death is defeated. Even if Satan and some people could kill the body, it could be resurrected. In fact, our bodies will be replaced with a much better one—a glorified body on that resurrection day to eternity.
Josh McDowell says, “No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.”
For this very reason, only Jesus is the real answer to death.
Glenn Plastina © 2018