ONE ON ONE
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”
You’ve heard this before. It’s always said jokingly: “The one thing we all have in common is death.” Truer
words were never spoken (you’ve heard that before too). The third thing you’ve heard, exclusively from
retired people, is that they never were as busy before they retired as they are now. “Not enough hours in the
day” is the common denominator whether you’re retired or if you have a long way to go before getting there.
The meetings and appointments are never ending: school committee meeting, dentist appointment,
membership committee at church, doctor’s appointment, dinner engagement which cannot be missed,
deadline for term paper, and so on. We have our lists.
In regard to the death issue, it’s our commonality and we all are going have to face it alone. No one can do it
for us. We’d prefer a more comfortable conclusion, an escape clause such as “almost everyone will have to
die,” or “everyone else will have to die, but not me,” or “the people who make ill-advised choices will surely
die, or “if I’m living right I might be able to escape death.” Nice try, but all the rationales miss the mark.
The Apostle John recorded words spoken by Jesus which go something like “I am going to prepare a place
for you, and after that I will return and take you with Me so that we can always be together.” That’s a fairly
loose translation of John 14:2-3, but you get the drift. So, what was His point? That’s easy. Sure, we human
beings have to face death all by ourselves from an earthly perspective, but Jesus Himself will walk us through
it. That’s the “I will be with you always” part.
Are you one of those people who have a tradition of avoiding thinking about death? That usually indicates
that you’re afraid of it, and if you’re afraid of it it’s because you haven’t sorted through the scenario in your
mind. Plain and simple, Jesus is not in the habit of abandoning His own. The job is not going to be
delegated to angels or arch angels. Jesus is going to come back for you Himself. In person. There are two
parts to the equation: one is that we are all going to die without anyone pinch hitting for us, and the second is
that if we know Jesus personally as our Savior, we aren’t going to have to face it alone. That’s good news.
David said it in Psalm 23:4, “You are with me.” See how simple it is? David got it. We all need to get it too.
Jesus knows His own, protects His own, and will come for His own. It’s not delegated or outsourced.
Assuming that you’re going to spend eternity with Jesus, although it’s far more than an assumption, this
would be a good time to take up an intimate relationship with Him - you know, that bond you had with Jesus
when you were first saved? It’s time to renew it.