Hello, my name is Norrie. I am 54 years old and in July 2009 I was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in my eye. Following radiotherapy treatment for this cancer in August, I was found in October 2009 to have a second type of cancer and I had radiotherapy for this in January 2010. At the same time a very good friend was also diagnosed with cancer and she died in June 2010. When things like this happen it makes you face up to the prospect of your own death and makes you realise what things are, or are not, important in life.
As I am a Christian I know I have nothing to fear when I die. What do I mean by ‘I am a Christian;?
Is it that I go to church twice on a Sunday? No. Although I do.
Is it that I read the Bible regularly? No. Although I do.
Is it that I pray to God? No. Although I do.
Is it that I try to keep the Ten Commandments? No. Although I do.
What I mean by I am a Christian is that I realise that God created everything, the world around us, you and me – and made us rulers of the world – under Him. However we all reject God as the ruler by trying to run our lives our own way. Yet we fail to rule ourselves, or society, or the world.
Just look around you and you will see the consequences of this everywhere.
Ultimately the penalty for this rebellion is death and judgement – ‘Man is destined to die once and after that to face judgement. Hebrews 9:27’. God is just and therefore the punishment has to happen, the penalty has to be paid. However, because of His love God sent His son into the world: the man Jesus Christ. Jesus always lived under God’s rule; something which we aren’t able to do – can you or I say that we don’t do anything wrong or even have a bad thought each day – I can’t.
Jesus not only lived under God’s rule but He took the punishment that was meant for us, He died in my place, and by doing this he brought forgiveness. ‘Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. 1 Peter 3:18′.
That’s not all…… God raised Jesus to life again as ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death, gives new life and will return to judge. I have chosen to submit to Jesus as ruler of my life and am relying on Jesus’ death and resurrection, which means I am forgiven by God and therefore have nothing to fear in the judgement after death.
I have faced up to the prospect of my own death, but who knows when it will happen – certainly not the lady who was beheaded in a supermarket in Tenerife recently. I know I am ready to pass into eternity whenever my time comes and in the meantime I will live the remainder of my life in a relationship with the living God. I would ask you to consider your position before God whilst you have the opportunity – when you’re dead it’s too late.