Road Ends at Cemetery
In a Northern New York town a new road had been constructed bearing the sign, “Road Ends at Cemetery.” Evidently the new road only went that far.
In life’s journey on earth this is also true: the road ends at the cemetery. Death is no respecter of persons. The old or the young, the rich or the poor, the good or the bad - all end their earthly lives at the cemetery. Certain men made great strides in their short years in every field of fame. Their accomplishments today are enjoyed by all, and their names live on. But in the midst of their attainments, they had to lay down their tools and “go the way of all the earth” - death.
Death is an enemy, and none can stay his hand. Mighty men of wealth and influence would gladly give their fortunes if death could be persuaded to stay away. But when it comes to an individual, no money, political power, social standing, religious fervor, or any other persuasion can turn it away. The Bible says that death is the last enemy that will be destroyed.
Though it be true that our earthly career ends at the cemetery, the Bible makes clear that this is not all. For one who has believed and obeyed the gospel, and who is resting on what Jesus accomplished on the cross, we read that to die is to be “absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord” II Corinthians 5:8. The Apostle Paul could say of himself, “Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better” Philippians 1:23. Therefore, death does not end all.
If death does not end all for the believer, neither does it end all for the unbeliever. The Lord pulls aside the curtain of the future for the person who dies without salvation. In Luke 16 we read, “The rich man also died, and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.” Four times we read here that he was “tormented.” The Bible in no uncertain language proclaims judgment and punishment for the person who dies in his sins.
Satanic powers would have us believe that hell is merely the grave, but the Bible teaches otherwise. We read that “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever” Revelations 14:11.
For this great reason the Lord Jesus, the Son of God, was virgin born, to become the Savior of sinners. The only way that He could do this was through His death on the cross. There was no atoning value in His life, but only in the shedding of His blood. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” I John 1:7. “The wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23, so He took our wages and died. He paid our sentence of death that we might go free. He who had no sin, was in a position to take our sentence for sin, and pay the price.
Repent and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and you shall receive the gift of Eternal Life. Then life’s road, which does not end at the cemetery, will lead on in to heaven.
W. E. Belch