Friday, 26 June 2009
Thousands are voicing disappointment as Michael Jacksons planned 50 night UK Tour 'This is it' is now cancelled. However no-one is blaming Michael. The pop star died of an unexpected heart attack last night at his Los Angeles home. I was thinking about all the others who have gone before him unexpectedly...Elvis Presley, James Dean, Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, Buddy Holly. The truth is we never know when death will come. The Bible speaks of 3 deaths. Physical death, Spiritual death, and everlasting death. The first death no-one can escape. Physical death is the judgemnt of God against our sin and cannot be avoided. However God in his mercy has provided a means of escape for the other two. We can be resurrected from our spiritually dead position and made spiritualy alive in Christ when we become born-again. And we can receive the gift of everlasting life. Everlasting life cannot be worked for, it is a gift bestowed on Gods Children. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus" Romans 3:23. Christ Jesus is the only means of escape from spiritual death and Hell.
Jacksons sin was laid out to the whole world when he was arrested twice for sexual assaults on young children. The first case never went to court as the victim and his family were paid off. He was found not-guilty at the second trial against overwhelming evidence of his guilt. I'm sure many will continue to idolise this man after death. Huge merchandise deals will no doubt flood forth. Whatever legacy Jackson might have wanted to leave, God will always have the last word.