Just Hours From Eternity

dying a good death.

I’ve had it happen on more than a few occasions. Someone will call me and just simply ask, “Can you help me find peace with God?” But, this time was more than urgent as the other person on the phone knew she only had hours left this side of eternity.

The nurse had just informed this young lady that based on clear signs this just recently admitted hospice patient would not make it through the night. It was well after midnight and I was driving as quickly as I could in route to her house. Yet, there was no promise that she would still be breathing when I got there.

Still able to hear and talk clearly this lady requested to talk with me by phone. She said, “I know I’m about to die, but I have no idea where I’ll spend eternity.” I let her know that even though I could not stop the dying process, I could share with her the keys to eternity in Heaven. I could tell she was literally hanging on every word I could share.

I let her know we’re all sinners (Romans 3:23). And, that our sin is what separates us from a Holy God and eternity in Heaven (Romans 6:23). She asked, “What can I do about this?” I said, You can’t do anything for yourself, but you can accept what Jesus has already done on your behalf.

You see, God sent Jesus to die on a cross for your sins. Through Christ alone you can be forgiven, you can find peace, and you can be confident that you will spend eternity in Heaven.

“For God so love the world that He gave His only son Jesus that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).

She’s like, “It’s that easy. I just believe and receive.” I’m like, yes mam we can’t buy it, we can’t earn it, and we won’t ever be good enough to deserve it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)”For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

I then led her in a prayer like this. Dear God, Please Forgive me for my many sins. Thank you Jesus for dying on that cross for me. I believe in your death, burial, and resurrection. Please come into my heart, save my soul, and be Lord of my life from this day forward.

You could hear the peace in her voice. No longer did she have to wonder where she would spend eternity when her appointed time of death came. Just hours later, with family surrounding her this once spiritually lost lady breathed her last. But, not without first finding a forever hope through Jesus Christ that can’t ever be taken away.

(1 John 5:13) says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God. So that you might know that you have eternal life.”

(Romans 10:9) “If you confess Jesus as Lord you will be saved.”

Maybe someone reading this doesn’t know where they would spend eternity. Just know Jesus is the way and eternal hope is only a prayer away. I hope you find that peace and make things right before you breathe your last. Because none of us are guaranteed the next breath.

(Acts 4:12)Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

(John 14:1-6) Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. “And you know the way where I am going.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 

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