From Sunset To Sunrise

As it is appointed for men to die once, . . . so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. – Hebrews 9:27-28

Kariel was riding home from a children’s program at church with her neighbor friends. Admiring the sunset, she said to Gini, the driver, “That sunset is so beautiful it looks like heaven!” So Gini asked her, “Do you know how to get to heaven?” Kariel, who was only 5, answered confidently, “You have to have Jesus as your Savior—and I do!” Then she began to ask her friends in the van if they knew Jesus too.

That same evening, Kariel’s 13-year-old sister Chantel was at another church, where someone asked her if she knew Jesus as her Savior. She told the person she did.

Early the next morning, fire swept through Kariel and Chantel’s home, and tragically, they both died. They were in heaven with Jesus at sunrise.

No one has the promise of tomorrow. The crucial question is: Have we admitted our need for God’s forgiveness of our sin and trusted Jesus as our Savior? (Romans 3:23; John 1:12). Our sin separates us from God and requires judgment, but Jesus gave His life in our place (Hebrews 9:27-28).

Make sure you have the same confidence that Chantel and Kariel had. Then, when your time comes to die, you’ll be in heaven with Jesus at the next sunrise.

Anne Cetas

When I shall come to the end of my way,
When I shall rest at the close of life’s day,
When “Welcome home” I shall hear Jesus say,
O that will be sunrise for me!

© Renewal 1952, The Rodeheaver Co.

Sunset in one land is sunrise in another.

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