Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson's Death

There will be so many things spoken about Michael Jackson in the days (and perhaps weeks) to come. His music will be played across the airwaves as the "King of Pop" is memorialized for his life and career. My heart breaks for a soul, I fear, that wasn't prepared for the life that awaited him. I wasn't a fan of his career of his music, but my heart breaks for the man who is likely now in Hell. God is just and merciful. Michael either got justice or mercy. Either way, God is glorified in the outcome.

I guess my question, as a Christian, is what would Michael Jackson be saying to us right now?

I think we can find that answer in Luke 16. We see a wealthy man who had "His Best Life Now" pass into eternity.

Please pay careful attention to verses 27-28.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16

19"Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day.
20"And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,
21and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
22"Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.
23"In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom.
24"And he cried out and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.'
25"But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
26'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.'
27"And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father's house--
28for I have five brothers--in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'
29"But Abraham said, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.'
30"But he said, 'No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!'
31"But he said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.'"

Michael Jackson will NEVER come back to this earth. He is gone forever. No more amusement parks, hit songs, diamond studded gloves, or bleached skin. There will be no UHAUL trailer being pulled behind Michael's hearse. The only thing that passed into eternity was his sin against a Holy God. His eternal sin against a Holy, Righteous, and Just Judge The world will will both idolize him and mock him for his peculiar ways. Christian, we should do neither of these. God Forbid! Let us preach the gospel to the world and to his siblings so that they will not end up in the place of torment forever and ever.

Revelation 14

10he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11"And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
12Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
13And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."

Christian, How many more need to die before we awake from our slumber? Each day, there are 150,000 people that step through the same door that Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett steppd through yesterday. The one that leads to eternity. Please Christian, Do something!!