"Death Wisdom" from Pastor Greg Rupright
August 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

Dear Member & Friends:

Last week, I watched a TV show, In Search Of, hosted by actor Zachary Quinto.  The theme of the episode was the after life.  Questions were raised such as:  Can we live again after death?  Is there an after life?  Do we have a soul?

Quinto traveled to a cryogenics lab in California and spoke to the president of that corporation.  He said that his company had 160 bodies that have had been cryogenically frozen immediately after their deaths.  It cost each frozen candidate $200,000. 

Then Quinto visited a special life-prologation lab at Harvard University.  The researchers there had experimented on mice from the same litter.  One mouse's DNA had been sped up to make it age faster than another mouse whose aging DNA had been chemically slowed down.  One could clearly observe the difference between the rapdily aged mouse and suspended-aging mouse.

Finally, Quinto listened to a neurologist who had interviewed over 4,000 survivors of near death experiences or NDEs.  The NDE survivors were from all walks of life, all ages, all faiths, and people of no faith.  Each NDE survivor described a tunnel ending in a great light and a profound sense of love, well-being, and peace.  The outcome of these interviews led the neurologist to conclude that humans do have a being or soul that survives after physical or corporeal (bodily) life.

As I watched these fascinating interviews, I thought of just how precious life is -- so precious that many people are willing to try and cheat death by buying immortality or discovering ways to physically live forever.  The Wisdom Literature of Israel gives us some wise advice. "Wealth?  It can't save a single person!  It can't pay a life's ransom-price to God.  The price to save someone's life is too high -- wealth will never be enough -- no one can live forever without experiencing the pit" (Psalm 49:7-9, Common English Bible).

And so, I close with a contemporary parable on death wisdom.  There was a man who had worked all of his life and had saved all of his money.  He loved money more than just about anything, and just before he died, he said to his wife, "Now life, when I die, I want you to take all my money and place it in the casket with me because I want to take all my money to the after life."

So he got his wife to promise him with all her heart htat when he died she would put all the money in the casket with him.  Then one day he died.

He was stretched out in the casket, and the wife was sitting there in a black dress next to her best friend.  When they had finished the ceremony, just before the undertakers got ready to close the casket, the wife said, "Wait a minute!"  She had a shoebox with her, and she came over with the box and placed it in the casket.  Then the undertakers locked the casket and rolled it away.

Her friend said, "I hope you weren't crazy enough to put all that money in there with that stingy old man.  She said, "Yes, I promised.  I'm a good Christian, and I can't lie.  I promised him that I was to put that money in that casket with him.  "You mean to tell me you put every cent of his money in the casket with him?"  "I sure did," said the wife.  "I got it all together, put it into my bank account, and I wrote him a check."  The memo line on the check read, "Honey, don't spend it all in once place."

Friends, live long and enjoy all God's blessings in this life as you prepare to share in that life which will have no end.

Abundant Blessings,

Pastor Greg Rupright

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