He was in his eighties in failing health and for the last six months he had been in and out of the hospital many times in the emergency room and ICU. He had gotten so weak he could not ever reach over to push the emergency button to call the nurses.

He was in his eighties in failing health and for the last six months he had been in and out of the hospital many times in the emergency room and ICU. He had gotten so weak he could not ever reach over to push the emergency button to call the nurses.

He said to me one day while in the hospital, “It is time to make a change.” The next day or so he told the doctor and nurses, “I am going home.” The doctor said "you can’t do that." My dad’s response was, “Just watch me!” The last night I was with him his mind was clear as a bell and memory better than mine and he gave me some last minute details to take care. We talked a lot about his knowing Jesus Christ and his hope of being in heaven with my mother and other loved ones. He went to sleep and passed away that night.

I am also reminded of another death that took place over 2,000 years ago. This would have been the final week of that person’s life. And yes, He chose to die but for a very different reason. We are separated from God because of sin and have no hope whatsoever, (Romans 3:23, 6:23). But God made a way for us, (Romans 5:8, 1Peter 3:18). Through the sacrificial, atoning death of Jesus Christ, (John 3:16, Titus 3:5). The rewards of trusting him, (John 1:12, 1 John 5:13, John 5:24). See you in church Easter Sunday. Brother J