Death comes at all different ages and is certainly no respecter of persons. For the believer it is wonderful to know that when we close our eyes in death we are “absent from the body, and…present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). And that we will open our eyes in the conscious sense of His presence. One glimpse of His glorious face and everything else will be eclipsed. When we close our eyes in death here, it is wonderful to know that life is not ending — in fact it is just beginning, and in a more abundant way than we could ever imagine or anticipate.
However, for the unbeliever who rejects Christ and God’s offer of salvation through the work of Calvary, it is quite another story. Those who close their eyes in death without God’s pardon will open them in the same way described by the Lord Jesus, concerning the rich man, in Luke’s gospel. “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments” (Luke 16:23).
This is why it is not only important, but vital, that the question of your salvation be settled now. None of us have a lease on life.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Act 16:31).