But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As the good one is, so is the sinner, and he who swears is as he who shuns an oath. This is an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all. Also, the hearts of the children of man are full of evil, and madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 ESV
Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Ecclesiastes 7:20 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 ESV
Some years ago, in 1979, a plane was taking off from O’Hare Airport in Chicago. It was supposed to fly to Los Angeles, but there was something wrong. While the plane zoomed down the runway getting ready to take off, an engine fell off the left wing. The plane was going too fast for it to stop, so it had to try to take off. No one is exactly sure what happened, but the plane didn’t get very high before it crashed into an old aircraft hangar. When it crashed, it exploded, and all of the 271 passengers and crew on board (and also two people on the ground) were killed instantly. It was a terrible disaster.
Some of the people on the plane were probably very good people who loved God and tried to please him. Other people probably were not very good people. It didn’t matter who was good and who was bad, or who loved God and who didn’t. Everyone died in this plane crash. When disasters happen, there’s almost never a magical way that good people are kept safe from harm and only bad people get hurt.
The Bible says that whether you are a good person or a bad person, whether you love and serve God or whether you don’t, the same thing happens sooner or later. Everybody has to die. Maybe death won’t come in a terrible disaster like a plane crash, but in some way or another death will come. The reason for this is sin. The whole world is sick with sin, and everyone dies because of it. Everyone takes part in the sin of the world, because everyone has turned away from God. There’s no escape from death.
But God made us to live, and he wants us to live with him in his kingdom forever. So he sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus won eternal life for us by dying on the cross to pay for our sins. We could never be good enough to earn life with God, but through Jesus God gives it to us as a free gift. Because of Jesus, death isn’t the end for us, but instead we have life forever.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to give us the gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.