I recently read an article that mentioned that the average life expectancy in 2013 for people living in the United States was 76 years for men and 81 years for women. The article went on to explain that average life expectancy has increased by nine years since 1970 and that though we have seen this increase due to advances in healthcare and medicine, it is not proportional when compared to countries such as Japan and Switzerland. It was a nice way of saying that Americans make the advances in modern medicine ineffective by a lifestyle of obesity and unhealthy living. All this goes to show only one thing: human beings are temporal and are incapable of controlling their existence here on earth. At any moment we may cease to exist on the face of the earth.
For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. | Psalms 103:14-16
If that is the case, we may ask ourselves: What is the point of our existence if we are here on this earth a mere 80 years and then all of a sudden are gone? The Bible answers that question very clearly. In John 5, we read that all people will live forever. Their bodies will perish but their souls will face one of two ends. One is the resurrection of life for those who did “good deeds” and the other is a resurrection of judgment to those who did “evil deeds.” The good and evil deeds mentioned here are not just the works we do here on earth. Rather, they’re based on one thing: if we have accepted Christ as our personal Savior and have received the salvation from our sins that He freely offers.
A stat showed that over one million people showed up in Times Square in New York City to watch the ball drop for New Year’s. Each one of those individuals were so excited to bring in the New Year in celebration, just like they have for past years and probably will do for many years to come. They may view it as an opportunity to reset and restart their lives, to live better and accomplish everything they have set in mind. The only problem with that is they can only do it for so long. Eventually we all pass away, just as the psalmist says, and will no longer have the opportunity for any more resets or restarts. We will have to answer to the Almighty Creator of the universe who put us in this world and will soon take us out. What will you answer be, are you going to face a resurrection of judgment or a resurrection of life?
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment. | John 5:25-29