Another song Hank thought enough of to do a couple of different versions. Hank seemed fascinated with death as evidenced by so many songs dealing with death. In his last days he told his wife he saw Jesus coming down the road for him. It was almost as if he had foreknowledge that he was going to die. At the young age of 29 he did just that and was found dead in the backseat of his Cadillac.
What a tragedy, a life cut short at such a young age. It happens all the time and to people younger than Hank. Recently a 16 year old was struck by lightning and killed. We all expect to live a long and fruitful life but it doesn't always happen.
Do you know what's a greater tragedy? A person dying who hasn't accepted Christ's free gift of salvation. If you live to be 120 and die without Christ, you've wasted your entire life. Without delving into a ton of theology here it'll suffice to say that Christ offers life. Not just a life down here but a life after death.
You see, we're dying. The moment we were born is when we started to die. It doesn't matter if you go at 16 or 120, you're still going to die! The Bible spells this out for us when it says it's appointed unto man once to die and then the judgement. If you knew you were going to die tomorrow what would you do different?
The thing is you could die tomorrow or you could even die five minutes from now. Are you ready to go? Have you accepted Christ's free gift of atonement? We're all imperfect people before a perfect God but a perfect God who provided a way for your ticket to Heaven.
You're not promised tomorrow. I had a friend who once told me he believed what the Bible said but would also tell you he wasn't a Christian. When I quizzed him about it he told me that he was waiting for his death bed and would be saved five minutes before he died. Now I believe in death bed salvation if a person is sincere in their repentance but do you REALLY want to base your eternal destination on maybe hopefully God will forgive you five minutes before you die? How many people are even coherent enough to make such a decision five minutes before they die?
The point is you don't know when you'll die. Maybe you'll live to be 120. You also stand just as much of a chance of dying before then and you might not have time to repent. Are you walking with Christ as your personal Savior or are you going through the motions thinking "one day I'll be saved?" Don't be like King Agrippa in the Bible telling Paul to come back at a more convenient time. We never find that King Agrippa found that "more convenient time." Today is the day of salvation; accept Christ as your Savior while there's still breath in your body. He loved you enough to give His life for you; won't you give Him yours in return?