2001-06-05 - Six Feet Under
Ezekiel 33:11 "Say to them, 'As I live!' declares the Lord God, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?'"
HBO has a new show called "Six Feet Under." Their marketing campaign revolves around the phrase, "Your whole life is leading to this." Somehow HBO has, with this phrase, stumbled onto a half truth. Yes, our lives are heading towards death, but death is not an end for any of us. Death is simply the beginning of a new existence of either joy and happiness or sorrow and pain.
It is not popular today to say or suggest that God will send anyone to hell. After all, God is love. God is a God of peace. God, in the verse we started with, takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked. These things are true, but equally true is that God's justice demands that sin is punished. He has a plan for the wicked and it is not secret. He has plainly revealed in the Bible the fate of the wicked. "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:8
As I said above, this is not a popular topic to speak of in the church today. However, it is fundamental that we understand the deep evil of sin so that we can begin to comprehend the wonder of grace. A true sense of the sinfulness of sin should lead us to marvel at the grace and mercy that is offered to us in Christ. A failure to understand how wicked a transgression of God's will is might lead us to take the grace of Christ lightly and treat it without the reverence it deserves. This is why we must meditate on these things. These things can only drive us to Christ and to long for more of His grace and more of His mercy.
So it is true that our lives are heading for the reality of six feet under, but that is not the full picture. In fact, it is the least important part of the picture. The key is to learn to trust and rest in Christ more and more and to prepare for an eternity with Him.
I have been riding a motorcycle since 1986. I have always been told that there are two types of motorcycle riders. The difference between them is like the difference between black and white. The two kinds of riders are, 1. Those who have been down (had an accident), and 2. Those that are going down. The rider who has yet to go down doesn't understand the consequences of going down and they are generally less careful riders. But a rider who has been down immediately learns to ride differently and with more care.
Well, there are two kinds of people who die. Those who are going down and those who have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. The two look nothing like each other. They my look similar on the outside but not so on the inside. The heart of the wicked is described and hard, like a stone, Ephesians 4:18. The heart of the righteous is described as tender, 2 Kings 22:19, and pure, Psalm 73:1. God transforms the heart of the righteous and makes it new. This enables us to love Him and serve Him joyfully, and I pray that is what you will seek to do today.
Soli Deo Gloria,