Recent months have brought many new questions to my mind. Will Medicare pay for my cancer treatment? Do I have enough in my retirement account to care for Miss Sue if something happens to me? Will I be forced to depend on family members because of failing health? People in middle age have questions about job security, economic collapse, terrorist attacks here at home, etc,. Youth have questions about popularity, dating, college, jobs, and an uncertain future. But may I suggest life’s three greatest questions cut across age groups, economic situations, and ethnic groups. In the Book of Job these questions come to clear expression:
- The first question we will consider is found in Job 14:14, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” Jesus, the Lord of Life, provides the answer. His words are recorded in John 5:24, 28-29, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. (28) Do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” The Book of Daniel (12:2) reinforces this truth, “…those that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting contempt.” In Acts 24:15, these words appear “…there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.”
- The second question we will consider is Job 14:10, “Man dies… and where is he?” Again, turning to Jesus, He relates the answer in Luke 16:19-31. Whether the teaching is a parable, as most believe, or an actual situation known to Jesus (it is the only parable where a proper name is used) does not diminish this powerful truth taught by Jesus. Here the Master definitely states that the person who dies outside God’s redemptive grace: Is in hell (v.23), Can see (v.23), Can speak (v.24), Pleads for mercy (v.24), Cries for water (v.24) Is tormented in flames (v.24), Can remember (v.25), Can never have anyone come to his aid (v.26), Can never get out (v.26), and Is concerned about his loved ones but is beyond reaching them (v. 28). Jesus also definitely states that a person who dies under God’s redemptive grace: Is carried by angels to the place of the righteous (v.22), Is comforted (v.25), Is with the saints (v.23) – and Jesus (John 14:3).
- If a man lives after death and if heaven or hell awaits as his eternal abode, the third question naturally arises. Job 25:4: “How then can man be righteous (justified) before God?” The single greatest verse in scripture immediately leaps to mind John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In Romans 3:23, the Apostle Paul speaks of “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” Romans 5:9 assures us that, “Much more then, having now been justified by His (Jesus)blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” One final glorious thought from Rom.5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Do you have the right answers to life’s three greatest questions?
~ Brother Roy