“All my possessions for a moment of time”

“All my possessions for a moment of time”
– Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603)

Those are the famous last words of one of England’s most popular monarch’s. Queen Elizabeth wasn’t content with her 70 years on earth despite living 30 years longer than the expected life-span at the time. She did realise one thing, though: that possessions meant nothing. She would have traded all of them for one more moment in time. Yet she couldn’t. She passed over to the other side discontent with her life.

Death is inevitable. And what’s worse, it can come at any time. Death exists because of the original sin in Genesis. And, as we read in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.” We also read that the entire world has sinned: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

However, there is good news! Death and sin have both been defeated! Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins when He was crucified. He also defeated death when He rose from the dead on the third day. And, thanks to Jesus, we too can defeat both sin and death. The Bible promises that if we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour we will defeat death. “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved,” (Acts 16:31).

What happens after death is dictated by whether we accept Jesus and repent for our sins while we still have the chance. This chance to accept God’s gift of salvation ends at death: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement” (Hebrews 9:27).

After death, time will not be an issue. It’s one of God’s many promises. Either we’ll spend eternity with our Glorious Saviour in Heaven, or be forever tormented in Hell.