Dr. Jack Kevorkian graduated from medical school in 1952 as a pathologist. For decades, he had a keen interest in death, and in the late 1980s he advertised his ‘death counseling’ services in a Detroit newspaper. In 1998 he defiantly administered a lethal injection to an ALS patient who had consented to end his life. Doctor Death, as he had become known, was charged with murder and started a 10-25 year prison term.
Kevorkian sarcastically mocked the belief of life after death when he wrote, “How forbidding that dark abyss! How stupendous the yearning to dodge its gaping orifice – After all, how excruciating can nothingness be?” But now Doctor Death is facing death. He is terminally ill and has been released from prison. It was one thing to mock the seriousness of death when he was well, but now the defining moment is fast approaching for Dr. Kevorkian himself.
Medically, Kevorkian knew how to hasten death and end life, but that does not require much ingenuity. The question is, does he know how to avoid death?
Death cannot be avoided. After death is it really ‘nothingness’ as Kevorkian states? Absolutely not! The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). The Lord Jesus provided us with a glimpse into eternity when He told the story of two men who died. One awoke in the flames of Hell, fully conscious, and we are actually told what he was experiencing in that awful place. The other man died and awoke in Heaven, a place of eternal bliss (Luke 16).
Heaven and Hell are real places where real people end up. Romans 5:12 says, “…by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” The only One who could overpower death was the One who never sinned. Jesus Christ came into the world to deal with the problem of sin and death. By dying He paid the penalty for our sins. Because of His death, God can offer the complete forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in Heaven.
Make sure when you have to die, that dying is all you have left to do. It must be terrifying to realize you are dying and to be frantically scrambling to make a last minute deal with your Maker.
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