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Summary: Death is certain

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FOUR TRUTHS ABOUT DEATH

8/24/08 John 8:21-24 Hope Baptist Church

1. Death Subject most try to avoid

a. All who are going to die – Pls Stand

b. all who know the day/month/hour – pls be seated

c. all who want to die right now remain standing!

1. PEOPLE DIE

A. Scriptural

1. 3xs in 4 Vs. Jesus said You shall die

a. underline Vs. 21; twice in Vs. 24

b. 3 is the number of completeness

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Job 14:1-2;5 (KJV)

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. 2 He comes forth like a flower, and is cut down: he flees also as a shadow, and continues not. 5 Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with You, You have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;

B. Universal

1. Richard Nixon was a true survivalist

a. Checkers Scandal – end of his political carrier

b. ran for Gov. was defeated only to run for pres/elect

c. Watergate – resigned as President

d. Stroke – “He’s doing fine” – died within hours

2. Kurt Corbin – rock band Nirvana

a. survived drugs/debauchery

b. songs bragged ‘how death had no claim’

c. death that guided hand- moved his finger

Ecclesiastes 8:8 (KJV)

8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither has he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

Psalms 89:48 (KJV)

48 What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah

Psalms 49:10 (KJV)

10 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

C. Unpredictable

1. Jim Fixxe – creator of jogging craze

a. jogging in Central Park middle of NYC

b. pain in chest – grabbed heart – dead - hit ground

2. Barbara Schoenes 40 yr old Housewife – jogging

a. noise – Mt. Lion – sprang & knocked to ground

b. struggled to feet – knocked down again

c. fought valiantly – jaws crushed skull – dead!

3. Eugene Christian – ‘How to live to be 100’

a. Best seller- coveted talk show guest

b. until he died at the age of 69

D. Personal

1. Person next to you – He/she is going to die

2. Hand over heart – one day it will stop & You will die

2. PEOPLE DIE IN THEIR SING

A. What does it mean to ‘die in your sins?’

1. Presence of Sin is not removed

a. in – encircled; surrounded

Revelation 21:27 (KJV)

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

2. Poison of Sin not removed – guilt for eternity

a. rich man in Lk 16 – son remember – and he did

3. Penalty of Sin is Not Removed

a. Jesus Pd – but you must accept

b. greatest torture of hell – vivid picture of Calvary

B. What would cause you to die in Your sins?

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