We have only one life

‘I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin.’
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Friends in Christ, today Our Lord is saying to the Pharisees that he is going away, and that after he is gone, they will realize what they have done, and they will discover their mistake too late.
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It is true that some who crucified the Lord later realized their mistake and turned to Him and become followers of Christ. But for many, they were hardened in their heart – to their grave.
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William Barclay tells us that Our Lord’s words call to mind three things about our human life:
First, there are certain opportunities which come and which do not return. Every person is given the opportunity in this life to decide for Christ or not. But it is an opportunity that can be refused and lost.
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In speaking as he does, Jesus is also implying that life and time are limited. No one has all the time in the world. No one has unlimited life; therefore it is within that allotted time that we must make this decision for Christ or not. No one knows how much time he has.
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Finally, just as we have an opportunity to choose the Lord in this life, there is also in the end, Judgment. The lost opportunity involves an unfavorable Judgment, and the greater was the opportunity that we had, the greater the time we had, or the more graces we were given – the greater the Judgement will be, if it these opportunities were refused.
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‘I am going away, and you will search for me, and you will die in your sin.’ Jesus Christ gives each person enough time and enough opportunities to choose him in this life; but the time and the opportunities are limited.

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