Summary: KNOWING THAT WE ARE PREPRARED TO DIE NO MATTER THE TIME NOR THE SITUATION
THE TIMELY DEATH OF A SAINT
I. DEATH IN CHRIST BRINGS PEACE
A. Heb. 2:14 “ Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil
B. Psalms 116:15 “ Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
II. DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN THIS LIFE
A. Those that are alive but spiritual dead and not appreciate the mercies of God
1)Luc 23:35-37 “The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.
B. Those that are facing death and also see the reality of their spiritual future
1)Luke 23:41 “ We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong
(1)Rom 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
(2) Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
III. WHEN SHOULD WE START PREPARING
A. Luke 12:16 “ Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.17 “And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’18 “So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’20 “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’21 “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
B. 2 Cor 6:2 “ For he says,“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.