We are considering Hebrews 9:27-8
The embalmer notes the corpse’s peaceful visage. Then he says, “It isn’t necessary to tell me that she was a Christian; I always notice because the glory constantly shows on their faces”. May all who die in the Lord exude His glory! Let me tell you a story…
It was on January 25, 2006, in a bedsit (a furnished sitting room with sleeping/plumbing areas) in Wood Green. The London Housing Association people were going in to carry out a simple assignment. The lady there had not paid her rent for some 24+ months. So they were there to do an ejection, period. Let me warn you that this story gets a bit ghastly from this point. The LHA people probably knocked, noted the dust on the door and handle and saw it had not been opened for some time. They decided to break in. They had to push a bit because of the mountain of letters behind the door. A noisy TV chatted carelessly away in the middle of the room. A bedsit is not a big flat, so presently, they found her… or instead, found her fully decomposed body lying on the sofa.
Joyce Carol Vincent, aged 38 at death. The Christmas presents she did not finish wrapping were on the floor beside her and dated 2003. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. As our text shows, her time came, and she was alone.
Pictures revealed an enigmatic beauty. Joyce had been acquainted with several celebrities in the UK. But she had suddenly withdrawn from family and friends, resigned from her job at Ernst & Young, and changed apartments. Her sisters had hired a private investigator to look for her. He had found her flat, so they wrote to her. Obviously, by the time the letters got to her apartment, she was already dead. Since they did not know, they assumed she wanted to be left alone. So the correspondence mounted up behind her door. How about the stench? The stench from the decomposing body merged with the stench from dustbins in the recycle plant just behind the house, so neighbours did not notice. This has been gory enough. Just Google her name if you want more information.
Do you have any idea when, where, or how you will take off? Even in the Bible, you find people who died at home, at work, defending their nation, being Christian, worshipping idols, on land, at sea, etc. Quite a few knew their time was up, but most, like Joyce, did not know. Listen to R. H. Smith in the poem The Clock of life…
- The Clock of life is wound but once,
- And no man has the power
- To tell just when the hands will stop
- At late or early hour.
- To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
- To lose one’s health is more,
- To lose one’s soul is such a loss
- That no man can restore.
- The present only is our own,
- So live, love, toil with a will,
- Place no faith in “Tomorrow,”
- For the Clock may then be still.
Imagine this…. Famous Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi died on June 9, 2016. Shaibu Amodu, his colleague, went to his house to sign the Book of Condolence. Within 3 days, Amodu was dead too. Being a Muslim, he would be buried before Keshi. Ok! Enough of gory stories. But you do get the point, right? When we go, will the embalmer see some glory on our faces? Sure – you decide but dont wait because you dont know when and where.
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