This sad photo reminded me not only of how quickly beauty fades, but also of an episode where an aging Aunt Bee was depressed because she was growing old, and knew that she would soon die. An unthinking Barney Fife blurted out “We all have to die sometime!” much to the horror of the more discrete Andy. The sit-com line got a laugh from the studio audience, but death is no laughing matter. The reality is that all three actors are now dead.
Much of this world is like Barney Fife. They surrender to death as being inevitable. But the Bible tells us that death is an enemy, and that Jesus Christ overcame its power 2,000 years ago. When a sinner repents and trusts in Jesus, God gives him (or her) His Holy Spirit—Who is the source of life itself. When the life of God is present in the Christian, death is conquered. The Scriptures also tell us that God is our enemy until we make peace with Him. So you have a choice today. You can either surrender to death or surrender to God. Please don’t delay.