Throughout the years of working with people who have moved on and the grieving family members that remain, I have noticed commonly shared experiences that remain beyond our ability to explain and fully understand. As the person in transition begins to see less of this world, it seems some people appear to begin looking into the world to come. It is very common for a person in transition to have visions, often of someone whose time has already come. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a says “To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;” We live in time and die in time. While we inhabit our bodies, time is a useful measurement. Yet it has only as much value as we give it. Webster’s Dictionary defines time as “an interval separating two points on a continuum.” Birth appears to be the beginning, and death appears to be the end to this life, but are they truly a beginning and end or are they merely points on a continuum.
After spending time having dinner and fellowship with his friends in Bethany on Saturday evening, Jesus the Sunday before the crucifixion rides into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey’s colt, one that had never been ridden before. Multitudes of people came out to welcome Him, laying before Him their wraps and the red carpet in the form of branches of palm trees. This day would come to be known as Palm Sunday. As Jesus arrives in the city and moves toward the temple, he finds moneychangers and merchants who had made His Father’s house a “den of thieves” and he drives them all out. Outside among the crowds it says in John 12: 20-21 there was a certain group identified only as Greeks and they came to the feasts with a very deliberate purpose they came to see Jesus. Oddly, Jesus did not respond directly to the request brought to Him by Philip and Andrew in John 12:22. Instead, He answered telling His disciples in John 12:23 “The Hour Has Come…” He is referring to His death His departure from this world the beginning of the end of His time here in this life; He describes it as The Hour a set period of time that has a beginning and an ending.
What if you were given a final date? Would you then live each moment to its fullest in Him in complete joy? Would you spend every day doing things you had no time for prior to knowing, would you suddenly find an abundance of free time that couldn’t be found before? Would you finally become interested in the things of God and His Kingdom that you may have put off before being too lazy or disinterested? Why wait we all have a season a beginning and an end only most have no idea when their hour will arrive. It would behoove us all to live each moment serving Him, doing His will, living for Him and loving Him just as Jesus did, living every moment as though it were our last. Each breath should be a reminder of His Love for us demonstrated through His Mercy and the gift of eternal life provided by His Grace. The irony is, we often need an outside influence to put us into this perspective of urgency and are often not able to find it ourselves. Why is that?
By the way, the clock on our hour is ticking.