IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MEN
The eternal powers have decreed, and no one may change it. One may foolishly live in denial, but that does not change it. One may prioritize it deeply beneath a thousand other things that consume all the time and energies of one’s days, but that does not change it. Medical science is powerless against it; governmental edicts are meaningless against it. It is universal and unalterable. So, what is this awesome decree? “It is appointed unto men once to die . . .” Hebrews 9:27.
Death is the very last enemy of mankind that shall be destroyed I Cor. 15:26. It is to be ultimately swallowed up in victory. Until then, it is no respecter of persons. It invades the cottage of the most humble peasant, and it does not give the palace of the king a pass. It takes old and young as well as those in the prime of life. The day of its appearance is not predictable, but its appearance is sure. “It is appointed unto men once to die…”
Men go to extreme lengths to beat death. They create medicines to cure every malady that could result in death, but death still comes. They engage in cryogenics to be revived at a later time, but that fails and death reigns. “It is appointed unto men once to die. . . “
Additionally, there is another part to this decree so stated in Hebrews 9:27, “. . . but after this the judgment.” As sure as death, so sure is judgment. None shall escape it. None shall alter it. There is the Judgment Seat of Christ for believers, and the Great White Throne Judgment for unbelievers. Both will be totally thorough, and both will be totally righteous even to the degree that not a single voice will be raised against their verdicts.
Jesus described the people of the generation of his earthly ministry as children playing in the marketplace, lamenting because others were not marching in step with their every whim. Two thousand years later, that description still stands, but the people so engaged have multiplied exponentially. Regardless, the divine appointments stand, and surely it is the fool who lives in denial and determined unpreparedness to step into those unavoidable portals.
Thus it is unalterably decreed: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Is this not a wake-up call? Does this not underscore the importance of the prime directive of every person’s life? Hear it in the words of wisdom so ably penned by Solomon. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man,
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecc. 12:13-14. Are you ready for your appointments? You will keep them!