Eternal Life

          I believe that God heals today. But in the end, there are no cures, only postponements. The scriptures say “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Unless Jesus returns again in our lifetime, everyone must face death. I have been dying since the day I was born, but no one has really prepared me for death.
There are no cures, only postponements. The shadow of death looms over us—real and inevitable. But we don’t talk about it. Our society, like many throughout history, reveres youth and despises the old. We hide the elderly in institutions. Our mortality is out of sight and out of mind.
     We say the dead have "passed away," or "passed on." Elisabeth Kubler-Ross tells of the time she approached the head of a six‑hundred‑bed facility and said, "I'd like to work with some dying people." The administrator said, "In our hospital, nobody dies. They expire." Our death-denial produces a heightened fear of death in many people.
     Yet we should never give up hope for healing or take that hope away from the sick. We should keep praying for healing as long as we can. But when it becomes obvious that the person is going to die, we have a greater duty to help them die in dignity and peace. John Wesley’s followers were known as people who “died well”.
We don’t have to fight death—Christ has fought and won. In Philippians Paul writes: " I'm torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me” Death for the believer is to be present with the Lord. Death means going to be with Jesus. He is eternal life!
-Pastor Dino Griffin