“The Phantom slowly, gravely, silently, approached. When it came near him, Scrooge bent down upon his knee; for in the very air through which this Spirit moved it seemed to scatter gloom and mystery. It was shrouded in a deep black garment, which concealed its head, its face, its form, and left nothing of it visible save one outstretched hand. It thrilled Scrooge with a vague uncertain horror, to know that behind the mask there were eyes staring at him.” Charles Dickens – “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
The Grim Reaper- the Final Chapter – The Grave – Kicking the Bucket – all terms that strike fear into the hearts of most. We don’t like to talk about it. We often don’t plan for it. We never know when it will come, but we know it will. Death is on the same level as taxes as Benjamin Franklin once said. “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Some day, we’ll all experience this passage from life, when we’ll take our last inhalation and succumb to death’s boney grip. Scrooge feared this ghost the most – as many do. When we think about death, it can mean tears, wondering what lies ahead, what we’re leaving behind, the tug of heartstrings as loved ones mourn their loss.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we didn’t have to go through this process? Even our Lord grew sad and shed tears as He cried for the death of a friend. We cling tightly to life, because it’s all we know right now.
But won’t it be wonderful on the other side of eternity? To live again in a perfect world where tears no longer exist – to feel no pain – to live as God intended us to live, would be sheer paradise.
In this last visit by the heavily shrouded Ghost of Christmas yet to be, pointed to Scrooge’s grave. He saw the future and the fact that his death was imminent, yet he was given a second chance. So he used his second chance to turn from his miserly, greedy, success oriented life. He would become a new man.
Redemption is like that. When we take a good look at our lives and ask God for forgiveness, we’re exhibiting repentant hearts. God loves it when we come to Him that way. Salvation comes through Him alone and He makes it possible for us to live this life to the fullest. Better yet, He provides a paradise for us in heaven after we leave this one, so it’s a win-win situation.