If you knew that you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? Would you have a “bucket list” of things that you needed to complete? Would you spend those 24 hours putting your business affairs in order? Would you spend those 24 hours trying to see everyone who is special in your life? Would you do anything differently than you normally do?
I suspect that everyone of us would adjust our plans for today if we knew that it was our last. We wouldn’t get up, go to the gymn, take a shower, go to work or school, and conduct business as usual, at least not most of us. Some of us would mourn the waste of days that had marked our past and regret the memories of failures. Others would celebrate the incredible joys that they have known.
Probably most of us would look at our relationships more than our responsibilities. We would want to make sure we said “I love you” to our spouse, or our parents, or our children and grandchildren. We would likely seek reconciliation with some who may be estranged. We would try and enjoy every moment with those special to us.
Would we be prepared for what happens one second after we are dead? When I was in college I remember a song by “Blood, Sweat, and Tears,” where a line says, ‘I swear there ain’t no heaven, and I pray there ain’t no hell.” Does that describe you. The Bible teaches that there is both. There is a hell that was created as a place of eternal punishment for satan and his demons. There is a heaven where those who are thus rewarded spend a beautiful eternity with God. The Bible teaches that righteousness is required to enter and that none of us have it. However, God offers it as a free gift to those who repent of sin and turn to Him in faith through Christ
The key is an exchange that happened on a cross. Paul, the missionary, described it this way, ‘God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)