What if…?

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Eleven-year old Miguel Calehr was preparing for another long trip to Bali, Indonesia to see his grandmother. In spite of the fun and beaches that Bali offered, Miguel was not happy. His mother couldn’t understand. According to a CNN report, Miguel kept asking his mother what would happen if the plane crashed, what would happen to his soul if he died, and what should he say to God if he saw Him? His mother, unfamiliar with such questions, assured him everything would be fine. The night before his flight left, Miguel would not leave his mother. On the morning of July 17, 2014 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport as he stood with his older brother in the passport control line, Miguel ran back to embrace his mother, and said “I’ll miss you!”

In the departure lounge, when Miguel and his older brother heard the boarding announcement they joined the other 281 passengers and crew on Flight MH 17. The passengers relaxed as the plane rose to flight altitude. Suddenly about two hours into the flight, as they crossed eastern Ukraine, the plane exploded in a large fireball! Gravity pulled luggage, personal effects, airplane parts and all 298 bodies of the passengers and crew to the farm fields below. Everyone on board the plane died.

Miguel had sensed his need and wanted to prepare to meet God. How sad if no one told him how to prepare. The world is filled with people who do not care about being prepared or try to assure themselves that everything will be all right. Miguel’s short life reminds us that our futures are not secure – we could suddenly meet God face to face today! It may not be through the crash of a plane but we don’t know when our time on earth will end. Are we prepared to meet Him? The Bible says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). However, God has provided a way of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). When you meet God, will you be welcomed by a loving Father or judged because you have neglected the great salvation He has provided? The Bible says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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