The old man both welcomed and feared death. As he became further debilitated with pneumonia, he knew he had no will to live. He told our mutual neighbor, his friend of thirty years, “I just hope, I’ve been good enough for heaven.”
The prophet Isaiah declares that all our righteous acts are like filty rags. ( Isaiah 64:6). The apostle Paul tells us, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) After delivering the bad news, Paul gives us the good news that Jesus, the Son of God, died to justify us. He concludes in Romans 5: 1-2, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God.”
My husband Howard is staring down death in his fight with lymphoma. He is confident that he has a ticket to the everlasting party in heaven, not because he is good enough, but because he believes Jesus is good enough and died and rose again to purchase his ticket. This confidence gives us sweet peace and hope as we face the unknown. I write this blog because I long for all to know this sweet peace and hope in the midst of their sufferings.