Dr. Jack Kevorkian graduatedÂ from medical school in 1952 as aÂ pathologist. For decades, he had a keenÂ interest in death, and in the late 1980sÂ he advertised his â€˜death counselingâ€™Â services in a Detroit newspaper. InÂ 1998 he defiantly administered aÂ lethal injection to an ALS patient whoÂ had consented to end his life. DoctorÂ Death, as he had become known, wasÂ charged with murder and started a 10-Â 25 year prison term.
Kevorkian sarcastically mockedÂ the belief of life after death when heÂ wrote, â€œHow forbidding that darkÂ abyss! How stupendous the yearningÂ to dodge its gaping orificeâ€¦ After all,Â how excruciating can nothingnessÂ be?â€ But now Doctor Death is facingÂ death. He is terminally ill and hasÂ been released from prison. It wasÂ one thing to mock the seriousness ofÂ death when he was well, but now theÂ defining moment is fast approachingÂ for Dr. Kevorkian himself.
Medically, Kevorkian knew how toÂ hasten death and end life, but thatÂ does not require much ingenuity.Â The question is, does he know how toÂ avoid death?
Death cannot be avoided. AfterÂ death is it really â€˜nothingnessâ€™ asÂ Kevorkian states? Absolutely not!Â The Bible says, â€œIt is appointed untoÂ men once to die, but after this theÂ judgmentâ€ (Hebrews 9:27). The LordÂ Jesus provided us with a glimpse intoÂ eternity when He told the story ofÂ two men who died. One awoke inÂ the flames of Hell, fully conscious,Â and we are actually told what he wasÂ experiencing in that awful place. TheÂ other man died and awoke in Heaven,Â a place of eternal bliss (Luke 16).
Heaven and Hell are real placesÂ where real people end up. RomansÂ 5:12 says, â€œâ€¦by one man (Adam) sinÂ entered into the world, and death byÂ sin; and so death passed upon all men,Â for that all have sinned.â€ The only OneÂ who could overpower death was theÂ One who never sinned. Jesus ChristÂ came into the world to deal with theÂ problem of sin and death. By dying HeÂ paid the penalty for our sins. BecauseÂ of His death, God can offer theÂ complete forgiveness of our sins andÂ eternal life in Heaven.
Make sure when you have to die,Â that dying is all you have left to do. ItÂ must be terrifying to realize you areÂ dying and to be frantically scramblingÂ to make a last minute deal with yourÂ Maker.
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