March 10, 2013 “Taking Care of Business”
ILLUSTRATION – Last week Hugo Chavez, the controversial president of Venezuela, died after a long battle with cancer. According to a news report, the people who were around Chavez when he died told of his last words. Though he could not speak he mouthed these words, “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.” I don’t know why Chavez was afraid to die. Was it that he feared what was before him after his death? Was it that he had not finished his life the way he wanted to? We simply don’t know. But what a tragic way to face God at the end one’s life … “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.”
Two thousand years ago Jesus Christ came to this earth. He lived a perfect life, taught perfect truth, and died for our sins on the Cross. Three days later He arose from the grave, victorious over sin and death. A few weeks later Jesus ascended into heaven; but before He did He promised that He would come back to this earth, not like the first time when He entered history as a little baby in a manger. When Jesus returns it will be as a mighty King. So we are living today in the interval between the first coming of Jesus and the second coming of Jesus. This is the age of the Church during which the people of God are to do the business of the Kingdom of God until Jesus returns. More specifically this is the age in which you and I live and die. It is this time that we have to accomplish the purposes of God for which we are created.