One day in one of our interdisciplinary conference team meeting we were talking about faith and how it seemed that patients with faith in Jesus Christ suffered less at the time of death.
I remember we had one old man that was of a different belief and his god wasn’t there for him. His bed sheets became blades of sharp grass to his skin. He had so many wounds on his flesh from just lying in bed that it looked like someone had taken a razor blade and cut his skin from his chest to his toes.
1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
If we don’t have the protection of Jesus Christ at the time of death there’s no telling what suffering you will face when the time comes, because this is satan’s last turn to destroy you.
In Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
I believe at the time of Jesus’ death he could have had the comfort of the Holy Spirit to stop all suffering. I also believe as Christians that we have the same Holy Spirit inside of us to protect us at the time of our own deaths.
I sat with another woman that was dying and she was a Christian she had no bedsores, and was blind. I would explain the sounds to her that she would hear. She lay in her bed with a protective covering over her, as if angels were stationed all around her.
I will never forget the time when I was called to sit with a patient that was actively dying. You could tell that there was a lot of unforgiveness between her and her son. The first thing he told me when I walked in was that his mother had an affair, and I could tell that she lived with that condemnation of unforgiveness. I was holding her when she passed away. I will never forget the look on her face when she died her mouth was wide open and her eyes so big like she had been scared to death.
I don’t believe it was angels she was seeing at the time of her death.
We had another patient that was an unbeliever that was dying from cancer. It was observed that every time he was repositioned in his deathbed that his bones would snap and break like twigs falling during a cold winter ice storm.
We had another patient with flesh eating disease that was a non- believer. Her flesh was falling off in places that I didn’t even think it could rot off.
We had another patient that her flesh turned fire red with no explanation. Her flesh felt like it was on fire. She cried out. She was also another non believer.
I know for some people they will question this thinking about their own death and beliefs, but the real question is when your time comes will you have peace?
None of us know the time or hour in which we will die. We just know it’s inevitable that death will come. I pray that when your time comes that you have the peace and love of Jesus Christ to get you through it.
Psalm 91: 1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation
Romans 8:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.