Summary: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:9 We need to be ready all the time Are you ready for YOUR end time
Are You Ready to Die? by Steve Keeler
"But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is
written, "I believed, therefore I spoke," we also believe,
therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised
the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will
present us with you. For all things are for your sakes,
so that the grace which is spreading to more and more
people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the
glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart, but
though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is
being renewed day by day. For momentary, light
affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the
things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but
the things which are not seen are eternal."
Someone asked if I would give a message about the
end times to which I said sure I will. But as I was
thinking about the end times, I realized that some of us
here will face our end time before the rest of us and
that's what I want to talk about today.
I want you to consider this question very, very
seriously, are you ready to for your end times?
I going to talk with you today about the Savior, about
Jesus being our only means for the forgiveness of your
sins and entrance into God's glorious presence.
The choice I going to talk about will be the most
important decision you will ever make. This afternoon
I'd like to spend these few moments talking to you
about eternity and your end times.
Only Jesus can make you truly ready to die. I pray that
today you are indeed ready for your end time. First,
you need to recognized that you are a sinner, and that
Jesus had to die to pay the penalty for your sins.
Jesus, not only died on the cross of Calvary, but rose
from the dead.
When you make Jesus your Lord and Savior it changes
you, you love to be in His presence and you will yearn
to spend eternity there.
It is true that our earthly pains make us want to let go
of this life, and cause us to anxiously seek what's next.
We don't simply want to escape the suffering of this
life, it's more than that, we long to be with our Savior
forever. That's why Christ followers can face death
without fear because Jesus took that fear away.
In the Book of Hebrews 2:14-15 we read, "Therefore,
since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself
likewise also partook of the same, that through death
He might render powerless him who had the power of
death, that is, the devil, and might free those who
through fear of death were subject to slavery all their
Let me explain something, when you have that love
relationship with Jesus you yearn for heaven and an
eternity of no more sorrow and no more pain.
Paul felt the same way, after he came to faith in Jesus.
Listen to Philippians 1:21-24 "For to me, to live is Christ
and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this
will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which
to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions,
having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that
is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is
more necessary for your sake."
I can't know your hearts, my friends, but you know, and
God knows. As we come face to face with the reality of
our end time today, is there fear in your heart, or faith.
Do you dread death and try to avoid even thinking
about it, or do you see death as an escape from this
life and a moment from the presence of God forever?
The difference is what you do with the death of Jesus
Christ, who died so your sins might be forgiven, and so
you might enter into eternal life.
I want to make a important truth very clear: being
religious is not the same as being a Christian. Let me
say that again, being religious is not the same as being
There may be those here today who are trying to
suppress the fear of death with the consolation that
they are good people, religious, or churchy.
I can tell you, right now, absolutely that religion will
never save you, only a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ, by maintained in faith can truly save.
I am simply telling you what Jesus Himself said, as it