Dr. Luder Whitlock
President's Column

Have You Faced Your Own Mortality?

by Dr. Luder Whitlock















...As the Bible says, the last enemy is death (I Cor. 15:26). It is inescapable. We may stave it off, but inevitably we lie in its icy grasp.


     Cancer.

     The news might as well have been a powerful body blow - stunning in impact. How could it be true? That was my first reaction. It was so unexpected to hear that our friend - so vivacious and attractive - had been struck by this lethal disease that claims so many lives. Within a short time she was gone. Suddenly life seemed so short.

     Life is brief. Although more and more people are reaching the 100-year mark -- and their number is expected to increase dramatically during the next century -- life is still short. In my youth it seldom seemed that way - the future was distant; life was full. But I soon learned how surely, swiftly the years are swept away.

     We recently celebrated the passing of the twentieth century - the dawning of the new millennium. In doing so we became aware of how quickly those robust, exciting years of turbulent change flew by. Those years are gone. Years we may recall, but can never reclaim.

     Such experiences bring us face to face with our mortality. Because whether by cancer, heart attack, or some other ailment, our time will come, too. As the Bible says, the last enemy is death (I Cor. 15:26). It is inescapable. We may stave it off, but inevitably we lie in its icy grasp.

     That is why I am so grateful for the Gospel, the good news of God's love for us demonstrated in the life of Jesus. He was born to die for us. And He rose from the tomb to conquer death. When you repent of your sins and trust in Christ as your Savior you have assurance of victory over death and the grave through the power of His resurrection.

     By God's grace it is possible to live forever. Death is a mere passage into eternity before the throne of God, surrounded by the joys of heaven. That removes the sting of death and any fear of the unknown.

     My times are in his hand. My days are numbered just as surely as the hairs on my head (Matt. 10:30). Because I am God's child, secure in His promises, this gives me hope and encouragement, knowing that to be with the Lord is far better (Phil. 1:23).

     What could be a stronger motivation to serve the Lord all my life? How can I make the most of my remaining days --whatever their number-except by introducing others to my Savior and attempting to glorify Him through every thought and deed?

     That is why I am so committed to RTS. We are preparing a new generation to declare the Gospel with power and to prepare for eternity in His presence. Can you think of anything more important?

- Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr.




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