I think it befits you to prepare for what you cannot avoid!
Death, the transition to Life and exit into Immortality.
Soon lies your mortal body, moldering into dust and feeding the worms!
But it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:10
“It is appointed unto men once to die but after this, the judgment!” Hebrews 9:27
People often give pleasant eulogy of a deceased. This is the usual practice, I have things of much greater importance to engage your attention.
The dead receives his just and unchangeable doom at a superior tribunal; and besides, our eulogies or censures may be often misapplied and end up a flattery of vanity with compliments.
My aim is to awaken your senses of your own mortality, and to a preparation for it.
However, if you must eulogise the dead, let me draw it for you in the most important and interesting light:
Here was a man in the bloom of life, in the prime of his strength and health, who seemed as secure from the stroke of death as any of us. Here lies an individual who launched into the world, no doubt, with the usual projects and expectations of a happy old age. But where is he now? Alas! Beyond the grave lies the blooming, promising flower lithered in the morning of life! There lies his mortal body, moldering into dust and feeding the worms!
Come to his grave, you young and mirthful ones, you lively and strong ones, you men of business and bustle; come and learn what you must shortly be!
Come and see your own destiny! Likewise, your limbs will stiffen, your blood stagnate, your faces wear the pale and ghastly aspect of death, and your whole frame wiil dissolve into dust and ashes!
Likewise, all your temporal purposes will be broken off, all your schemes vanish like smoke, and all your hopes from this world perish.
Death perpetually lurks in ambush for you, and at every moment ready to spring upon his prey!
“Oh that DEATH!” (said a man of large estate, strong constitution, and cheerful temper,) “I do not like to think of death he comes in and spoils all.”
So he does indeed!
He spoils all your plans and ambitions, all your thoughtless mirth, all your foolish amusements, and all your great schemes. I think it befits you to prepare for what you cannot avoid! “It is appointed unto men once to die but after this, the judgment!” Hebrews 9:27
But are you really nothing but an animal, a mere machine of flesh and bones? Is your life all about decaying and vanishing into the dust of the grave?
No! I must draw this farther. You are an immortal being; and as soon as you take your last breath will your soul take a wing, and makes its flight into the eternal realm. And with amazing scenes now to behold; realities beyond the knowlege of humanity. And without alternatives, we are compelled to face consequences, and to reap the rewards of works done in the flesh, either good or bad. And what extraordinary, unknown beings will you now converse with!
There also, my friends, you and I must before long be dead! We too must be initiated into those grand mysteries of the invisible world, and mingle in this assembly of immortal beings. We must share with angels in their bliss and glory OR with devils in their agonies and terrors!
And our eternal destiny shall be according to our present character
“The hour is coming, in which all who are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of Man, and shall come forth; those who have done good into the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil into the resurrection of damnation!” John 5:28.
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