By: Norm Rasmussen
Have you ever given much thought lately to how many heartbeats you have left, before you transition into eternity? Will your heart stop beating five seconds from now, five minutes from now, five days from now, five years from now? None of us know, do we? As a matter of fact, who of us have assurance that we have one more heartbeat left?
Oh sure … we assume our heart is going to keep beating a long, long time, but being honest with ourselves – we really can’t be certain - can we? Truthfully, what assurance do any of us have any assurance that we will get another heartbeat?
The moment our heart stops beating, we will enter eternity. Soon thereafter, we can expect to be in the presence of God:
Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. (Click: Hebrews 9:27)
You can hear stories about people clinically dying for a short while and having real-life like visions who have come back to life, telling about how beautiful and peaceful and awesome the next life supposedly is. Giving them all benefit of the doubt of the validity of their claims - the truth of the matter would be that it wasn’t their time to die and STAY dead … otherwise they would have experienced GOD’S LASTING - FINAL JUDGMENT and then sent to their eternal dwelling place.
God tells us clearly there are only two eternal dwelling places. Not three or more, nor just one, as so many would like to have others believe. There are two – JUST two. No one can prove differently either, no matter what they may have experienced and allowed to come back to life and tell about:
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” - (Click: Matthew 25:46)
One of two places only they well spend for eternity once they have been finally judged:
1) Eternal punishment (hell).
2) Eternal life (heaven).
We hear so often these days when a well-known person dies: “Well – that person is in a better place now. His or her suffering is over.” What a lie the devil is trying to brainwash people with!
The Bible makes it very clear
that the JUDGE is none other than Jesus Christ:
The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son. (Click: John 5:22)
You do understand who the Son is, don’t you? He is the One who paid the FULL price for all your wrongdoing against God the Father by dying on the cross and taking FULL punishment for your sins (spiritual rebellion) against God the Father. His reason for doing so? Because He loves you so much that He gave you a way to escape being judged to eternal punishment for your wrongdoing (offenses) against God the Father. Saying it another way … He gave up His rightly-deserved-right to experience eternal life in heaven so YOU could experience your undeserved eternal life in heaven. Would it seem only right that God the Father would assign God His Son, Jesus Christ, to be the FINAL judge of each of our destinies? It seems only right to me. After all … God the Son clearly earned the right while He walked this evil planet for 33 years. He was tempted to sin against the Father in every manner as we are tempted, yet He never sinned once. Not once. That qualified Him to be the ONLY acceptable sacrifice to God the Father to pay the full price for the sin of every person. YOU - your sin.
Getting back to heartbeats. The next time you prepare to go to sleep, or when you wake up from sleep, pull a cover up over your head. Make sure there are no other sounds you can hear, as best as possible. Place a hand on your heart. Then concentrate on feeling and listening to your heartbeat. Push one of your ears tightly against your pillow, and concentrate on the “ka-thump, ka-thump” of your heartbeat. Ask yourself three questions. First, ask yourself WHO gave you a heart to beat in the first place. Second, ask yourself WHO keeps it beating. Third, ask yourself if you can guarantee that your heart will be beating tomorrow.
If we’ll be honest with ourselves, none of us can be certain our heart will be tomorrow. The One who has given us a heartbeat has the right to allow it to stop.
Each of us truly have a heartbeat given to us by the Creator. Listen to it closely while you are under your blanket. “Ka-thump, ka-thump.” Can you sense peace in your heartbeat … or troubled uncertainty. For those reading this who can honestly say they sense peace in their heartbeat … it is THERE because they have made peace with the FINAL judge. You already know His name is the Lord Jesus Christ.
For those of you who will be honest with yourself by admitting you DON’T have peace in your heart with Jesus Christ the FINAL judge … how much longer are you willing to gamble that you even are going to GET one more heartbeat on loan from The Creator and Sustainer of life?
I can’t encourage you enough to make up your mind NOW about your visitation with the Judge … before your heart beats its
last. You can have peace in your heart that is not possible obtaining any other way, and Jesus Christ and God’s holy angels so eagerly want you having that peace about WHERE you are going to spend eternity … but YOU must make the decision. God has given you free will to make up your mind.
Don’t be unwise and squander the heartbeats God has loaned to you over your lifetime. Make SURE your last heartbeat is filled full of the peace that surpasses all human understanding … which is none other than the peace of God the Son who paid the price in FULL for you to have it – totally free of charge.
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