Scripture Text: Psalms 51:5
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
In the existence of each of
us, there are days that we consider very significant.
However, there are 5 extremely important days in the lives of
everyone of us, regardless of who we are, where we are, or
what we do in life. Two of these days are known to us, and
three are unknown to us, but they are all known to God.
Chronologically, the first
day which is known to us is the day of our birth. The second
day, also known to us, is the day of salvation. The third day
is appointed by God, but unknown to us, and it is the day of
our death. The fourth day, likewise unknown to us but also
known and appointed by God, is the day of judgment. And
finally, the fifth day, known but to God alone, is the day
when His Son, Jesus Christ, will come back again.
I might add that each of
these five very important days can be scripturally prefaced by
the word "Behold". And we know that the word "Behold" means
that God wants our undivided attention to that which follows.
(1) In Psalms 51:5
David said words which are true of every one of us,
"Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother
conceive me." Yes, each of us was born with a sinful
nature contrary to God. Proof of this statement can be found
in the fact that regardless of the ideal hereditary or
environmental condition under which a baby is born, it doesn't
take that baby long to prove the truthfulness of our text.
The Psalmist puts it this way in Psalms 58:3, "they go astray
as soon as they be born, speaking lies."
We've often seen babies
crying in their cribs, or play pens, and the parents hastily
respond to their cries, thinking the child may be hungry, in
pain, or require a "change". But as soon as the child is
picked up, the crying stops when the hugging or coddling
begins. Yes, even a baby can have a deceitful heart, but we
love them just the same.
The prophet Isaiah tells us
in Isaiah 48:8, that man is "a transgressor from the womb."
And the question is asked in Job 14:4, "who can bring a clean
thing out of an unclean? not one." Friends, we're all the
same. We've all been born sinners. And it is just as natural
for you and I to sin, as it is for a fish to swim, or a dog to
bark. And furthermore, you who take pride in the day of your
birth and long line of outstanding ancestors in your "family
tree", remember this, if you trace your ancestry back far
enough you'll find out that two of them, Adam and Eve, were
the first people to bring sin into this world. Yes, our noble
ancestors were the cause of all the sin, sorrow, sickness,
separation, pain, misery, anxiety, despair, and death we have
in the world today.
Friend, don't get the idea
that your ancestry, or present station in life, will merit you
any special favor with God. In Romans 2:11 we're told that
"there is no respect of persons with God." In Romans 3:23 we
read that there is no difference, "For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God." Yes, and if you die unsaved,
you will curse the day you were ever born. Isn't that what
Job tells us in Job 10:19, "I should have been carried from
the womb to the grave?" I also think of what the Lord Jesus
Christ said about Judas in Matthew 26:24, "It had been good
for that man had he not been born."
This leads us to the reason
why the Lord Jesus Christ told the religious Pharisee,
Nicodemus, in John 3:3, "Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he cannot
see the kingdom of God." And we're told quite clearly in I
Peter 1:23 that we are "born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible, by the WORD OF GOD, which liveth and
abideth forever." In other words, we must believe the word of
God which says that we're sinners and therefore must repent of
our sin. We must also believe that same word of God which
says that we can't do anything to either merit or inherit
God's salvation. And we must believe God when He says that
there is only one way for us to get to Heaven, and that is
through faith in the sacrificial death and subsequent
resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, ALONE ! In
Acts 4:12 the Apostle Peter tells us exclusively that,
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none
other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be
Friend, the very moment you
or I, as lost and Hell-bound sinners, believe these truths
with all of our hearts, we are immediately "born again," this
time, into the family of God. Yes, we become children of God;
and once a child of God, always a child of God. And we
are as sure of Heaven as though we were already walking the
street of gold. Let me ask you, dear reader, have you ever
been "born again"? If not, why not?
Is it possible that someone
reading this message is depending upon their so-called "good
works", or "religious activities" to get them into God's
Heaven? If so, then let me remind you that there is not one
verse in any Bible on earth that would substantiate such a
diabolical belief. No, the word of God makes it quite clear
in Ephesians 2:8,9 that, "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT
OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." Again in Titus 3:5 we
read, "NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE HAVE DONE, but
according to His mercy He saved us." Friend, if we could work
our way into Heaven, then tell me, why did the Lord Jesus
Christ suffer that cursed, shameful, and agonizing death on
Calvary's cross? Yes, He was the Just One dying for we, the
unjust, so that He might bring us back into a new and proper
relationship with our Creator, God.
(2) Let's look at
the second most important day in our existence, the day of
salvation. We read in II Corinthians 6:2, "Behold, NOW is
the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation."
Here we're told that the salvation being offered to the
unsaved is a present salvation. There is absolutely no
guarantee that you'll have an opportunity to be "saved", or
"born again", tomorrow, or any other time in the future.
Twice over in the verse we are told that the "accepted time",
or "day of salvation", is NOW.
Elsewhere, the word of God
is quite clear insofar as the day of salvation is concerned.
In Job 22:21 we read, "Acquaint NOW thyself with Him, and be
at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee." In Isaiah 1:18
God says, "Come NOW, and let us reason together, saith the
Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white
as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as
wool." In the Lord's parable of the great Gospel Supper, He
told His servants in Luke 14:17 to invite the people to,
"Come; for all things are NOW ready." Yet again, we read in
Acts 17:30, "God ... NOW commandeth all men every where to
repent." You'll notice that God didn't command them to be
educated, cultured, moral, religious, baptized, sing in a
choir, or to join a church. No, He commanded them to
"repent". When? NOW ! Not tomorrow, next week, or next year,
but NOW !
I honestly believe that
there are billions of souls in Hell today who had expected to
get saved "someday", but their "someday" never came. They
were cut down in their sinful condition, and for all eternity
they will weep and wail and gnash their teeth in the place
that Jesus Christ calls "Hell." Friend, please don't let the
Devil rob you of God's salvation. Remember that "the road to
Hell is paved with good intentions."
Back in Proverbs 27:1 we
read, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not
what a day may bring forth." In that same book of Proverbs
we're warned in Proverbs 29:1, "He, that being often reproved
hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that
without remedy." Finally, the solemn warning is repeated in
Hebrews 4:7, "TODAY if ye will hear His voice, harden not your
(3) Now our third
most important day is that of which we read in Deuteronomy
31:14. And again God wants us to pay strict attention because
He says, "Behold, thy days approach that thou must die."
Now I realize that the subject of death is the most repulsive
subject to talk or to think about, but Friend, I must be
faithful to the word of God. After all, doesn't God tell us
in Hebrews 9:27 that "it is appointed unto men once to die"?
Then why should we hide our heads in the sands of unbelief?
Sin is real! - and so is death! In Ezekiel 18:4 God says,
"the soul that sinneth, it shall die."
In II Samuel 14:14 we're
told, "For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the
ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither does God
respect any person: yet doth He devise means, that His
banished be not expelled from Him." Yes, every day, in the
obituary columns of the newspapers, we read of people dying at
various ages. And regardless of the great advancements in
prescription drugs and organ transplants, the fact remains
that people are dying at the rate of over 100 every minute,
6,000 every hour, 144,000 every day and 52,000,000 every
year. I might add, that if you are unsaved, it is only the
grace of God that doesn't yet count you among those dread and
Friend, Adam lived to be 930
years of age, but he died! Noah lived to be 950 years of age,
but he died! Methusaleh lived to be 969 years of age, but he
died too! And the reason we have death is because of S-I-N.
In Romans 5:12 we read, "Wherefore, as by one man(Adam) sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; so death passed upon
all men, for that all have sinned." Yes, it all began back in
the Garden of Eden when our first parents rebelled against the
word of God and they partook of the forbidden fruit. No
wonder the Apostle Paul informs us in I Corinthians 15:22 that
"in Adam all die". We're also told by Paul in Romans 6:23
that "the wages of sin is death." And let me remind you that
the wages of sin have never been reduced. It is still death!
Friend, have you ever
stopped long enough in your daily activities to think about
where your soul will be for all eternity? Have you? Well, God
says that you would be wise if you did. In Deuteronomy 32:29
we read, "O that they were wise, that they understood this,
that they would consider their latter end !" If today's date
were to appear on your tombstone as the date of your death,
tell me Friend, where would your soul be? Would you be in
Heaven above - or would you be down in Hell? It's a very
solemn thought, is it not? That's the reason you should stop
right now, in your journey called life, and "consider your
latter end!" Where will you be 5 seconds after you die?
I believe that most of us
would agree with the truth revealed in James 4:14, "For what
is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little
time, and then vanisheth away." We sometimes sing in our
"Life at best is very
brief, like the falling of a leaf, like the binding of a
sheaf --- be in time!
Fairest flowers soon decay, youth and beauty pass away,
Oh, you have not long to stay --- be in time!
Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth
nigh; to the arms of Jesus fly --- be in time!
If in sin you longer wait, you may find no open gate; and
your cry be just too late --- be in time!
Sinner, heed the warning voice, make the Lord your final
choice, then all Heaven will rejoice --- be in time!"
you who are still unsaved should realize where you are headed,
and you must trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your own and
personal Saviour while you still have a chance to do so. Now
for those of us who are saved through faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ, and His precious blood that flowed for our sins at
Calvary, if we were to die today, we would be "absent from the
body and present with the Lord." (II Corinthians 5:8) We
would be in the presence of the One Who loved us unto death,
even the death of the cross. We would be in the place where
there is no more sin, no more sorrow, no more pain and
suffering, no more darkness and despair. We would be in
Heaven, and forever with the Lord. Friend, I'd rather be torn
limb from limb by a roaring lion, than to miss my place at the
"marriage supper of the Lamb." And I hope I'll see you there
(4) That leads us to
the fourth important day, and that is the day of judgment. In
Malachi 4:1 we read, "Behold, the day cometh, that shall
burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do
wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn
them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them
neither root nor branch." The third day told us that
"it is appointed unto men once to die," but the remainder
of the verse reminds us, "but after this the judgment."
Friend, death is not the end
of our existence. Ah No! After death comes judgment! For
those of us who are saved, we will stand before the Judgment
Seat of Christ and be judged on the basis of our life since
being saved. Our actions, motives, and even our thoughts will
be exposed. The judgment will determine our rewards, or lack
of rewards. We are still sure of being in Heaven, but our
Christian life will be valued as either "gold, silver and
precious stones," or "hay, wood and stubble". (I Corinthians
On the other hand, the
judgment of the unsaved will be sure, solemn and separating.
It will be sure because we're told in Amos 4:12, "Prepare to
meet thy God." Are you prepared to meet Him? Well, you may
not be prepared to meet Him, but He is prepared to meet you.
In Psalms 9:7 we read, "He hath prepared His throne for
And to you who are young
today, and who feel that death and judgment are very remote,
let me tell you of what God says in Ecclesiastes 11:9,
"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer
thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine
heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for
all these things God will bring thee into judgment." Here we
have God telling the unsaved that they can do what they want
to do, go where they want to go, see what they want to see,
BUT know thou that for all these things, I will bring you into
Over in the book of
Revelation chapter 20, verses 11-15, we read how the unsaved
will stand before God, where the books will be opened and
"whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the Lake of Fire." Friend, is that going to be your
eternal destiny - a Lake of Fire? Well, it will be unless you
accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your own and personal
Saviour. We're told in John 3:36 that "He that believeth on
the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the
Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
Yes, it's an "abiding wrath" - forever, and forever, and
Friend, today you may be too
proud to look by faith to Calvary, and see the Lord Jesus
Christ dying for your sins, but there will be a day when you
will see Him face to face. In John 5:22 Jesus said, "For the
Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto
the Son." Yes, He will either be your Saviour - or your
Judge! The decision is yours. And don't forget that it makes
a difference for all eternity - what your decision is today !
May you be wise and choose Christ as your Saviour!
(5) The fifth
important day is the day when the Lord Jesus Christ comes
again. In the book of Revelation chapter 22, and in both
verses 7 and 12, we read these same words uttered by the Lord
Jesus Christ, "Behold, I come quickly." At the end of
that same final chapter of Revelation, we have the last
recorded words of the Lord Jesus Christ in verse 20,
"SURELY, I COME QUICKLY."
Friends, every indication in
the world today points to the imminent return of the Lord
Jesus Christ. There need be not one prophecy fulfilled before
He returns to take His blood-bought people back to Heaven with
Him. Yes, whether dead or alive, those who have accepted Him
as their Lord and Saviour will be caught up to meet Him in the
air. And we'll be with Him, and like Him, throughout the
endless ages of all eternity. Yes, we who are saved are not
looking for the undertaker, we're looking for the UPPERTAKER,
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
In John 14:2,3 the Lord
proclaims,"In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for
you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye
may be also." Yes, every true Christian is looking for the
blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and
Saviour, Jesus Christ. In James 5:8 we read that "the coming
of the Lord draweth nigh." Oh, what joy and peace it brings
to we who are saved. We'll soon see Him and say, "Unto Him
that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood."
(Revelation 1:5) Yes, we'll join that innumerable throng and
sing, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and
Friend, if you're unsaved
when the Lord comes again, you'll be left behind for the
divine judgment of a Holy God. The day of God's grace, as far
as you're concerned, will have ceased to exist. And you'll
have nothing to look forward to but endless suffering in Hell
and the Lake of Fire. So please make today's date the most
important day of your life by accepting God's greatest Gift -
His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Saviour and Lord. Friend, if
you'll do that right now, you'll never regret it here in time
- nor in the vast eternity ahead!
If you would like to be
saved, and thus ready for either death or the Lord's return,
then just acknowledge that you're a lost, guilty and
Hell-bound sinner who can't do a thing to save your own soul,
then simply trust in the precious blood of Jesus Christ alone
to cleanse you from all your sins. Yes, believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ as your own and personal Saviour, and Friend, if
you do, according to God, Who cannot lie, you'll be saved for
time, and thank God, you'll be saved for all eternity. AND
REMEMBER, MY FRIEND, THIS IS FOR ETERNITY !
Evangelist: Minor C. Hawk