By Paul Bawden
There is never a dull day in the U. S. news.
From the daily political back and forth in Washington D. C. to the fall elections heating up, one is never sure what will happen from one day to the next.
In the midst of all the positive and negative activity, U.S. Senator John McCain passed away. I had the opportunity to watch on television his memorial service held in the Washington National Cathedral.
Of interest to me was to see individuals of different political persuasions sit together, sing together, and pay their respects to the Arizona Senator. Then, a few of the political figures, who differed in their political views, eulogized John McCain. In that setting, for 2 ½ hours the differences in how the country should be governed were set aside. The focus was on honoring one man and his life. Our prayers go out to the McCain family in the loss of their loved one.
As I observed the Senator’s memorial service, this thought came to my mind. Those in attendance at his memorial service would never be in that setting again. Those who watched his memorial service by television would never be in that setting again either, although the service could have been recorded for viewing later. Still, the live service was a once-for-all event in time for all present. John McCain’s memorial service was a moment in history.
In that moment in history, all of those present, and all of us watching by television, regardless of political persuasion, religious belief, nationality or cultural background, will one day face the same enemy that John McCain faced – death. Providentially, the Senator was able to survive as a prisoner of war, but this enemy he couldn’t conquer.
In fact, none of us can conquer the enemy, death. We are all part of time as humans. We are born, grow older, live life, and finally pass from this life. Death has the final word, but does death have the last word? The philosophies and religions of men have no answer. But these words tell us that there is One who has the answer, “I am the resurrection and life, he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25). He not only made that declaration, but also He proved He was the resurrection and life by conquering the grave bodily (Luke 24:36-49).
Certainly, one can deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, but that denial doesn’t disprove that He conquered the grave bodily. His words replace the humanistic thinking and religiosity of men, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die” (John 11:26). I trust that John McCain made that decision for Christ. Each one in that historic moment, at the Senator’s memorial decision, needs to make that decision for Christ. Only a belief in Christ, as one’s Savior, provides the individual the guarantee that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (II Cor. 5:6-8). In addition, the believer in Christ is guaranteed a new body some day when He returns (Phil. 3:20). While still on planet earth, the believer has lasting fulfillment in serving his Lord (Col. 3:23-24).
Don’t miss your moment in time to make your decision to believe in Christ as your Savior and become his disciple. Death will no longer be your enemy, for when death knocks at your door, it will open, and you will enter into the presence of the risen glorified Jesus Christ. Today is the day of your salvation! If Jesus is your Savior, thank Him that He is your LIFE. Death has been conquered forever. Prepared to die, you are now prepared to live for HIM – every moment in time!
Paul Bawden is married and served in the pastoral ministry for 45 years, retiring in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Speech and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Theology. He has taken counseling courses at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Paul is a lifetime member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as being a member of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), which serves churches during their time of transition in searching for a new pastor. He writes for Union Gospel Press, as well as being a volunteer writer for GotQuestions.org. Paul likes to write, read, bike, and work in the yard. The Bawdens have had the privilege to travel to Mexico and Romania on mission trips and visited various countries in Europe.
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