SUDDEN DEATH FOR SRIDEVI; SUDDEN DEATH POSSIBILITY FOR YOU AND ME AND GETTING READY FOR IT!
Dr. Duke Jeyaraj
NDTV reported how suddenly and how shockingly death came for Actress Sri Devi:
“Sridevi was getting ready for dinner with her husband Boney Kapoor in Dubai when she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest in her room in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel, says a report in the Khaleej Times, quoting family sources.
“According to the report, Boney Kapoor, who had left Dubai for Mumbai, returned on Saturday evening to surprise his wife. He reportedly woke Sridevi around 5.30 pm and the couple chatted for around 15 minutes, the report says.
“Then Boney Kapoor asked her to dinner. The 54-year-old star went to the washroom to get ready. When she didn't come out for some time, her husband knocked, then forced open the door to see the actor "lying motionless in a bathtub full of water", according to the Khaleej Times.
"He tried to revive her and when he could not, he called a friend of his. After that, he informed the police at 9pm," the report says, quoting a source.
“She could not be revived. Her shocked family says she didn't have any heart condition.” (NDTV website, 26 Feb 2018 post).
Death. It can come suddenly. We all know that. But when it comes for a movie star, we sort of get jolted and remember this truth all over again. The Bible tells us our life can be uncertain and our end can come anytime.
The rich man that Jesus spoke about also thought that he could go to sleep and wake up like he normally would every morning whistling, taking it cool. This Rich Man told himself one day, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ (Luke 12:19). His focus was on goods, when it should have been God. And God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ (Luke 12:20). The rich man was talking about “many years” when God’s plan was to allow the taking away of his life that same night! Jesus also pointed out that the Rich man was not rich in his relationship with God (who was in the flesh in the person of Jesus – Luke 12:21) and therefore this Rich Man was unprepared for eternity if sudden death had come knocking. After a person’s death, there will no more opportunities given him to be saved – this is what the Bible teaches (See Hebrews 9:27). Do you still foolishly tell yourself, “I could take many more years before I finally decide to come to Christ. In the meantime, I choose to enjoy the pleasures of the world, soak-in the short-term pleasures of sin. Later on, when it’s convenient, I will repent and trust Jesus as my Savior!”? Why fool yourself? Come to Christ, now! Come in repentance! The rich man was called a ‘fool’ by Jesus for not preparing for the countless years he would spend in eternity, while he was too concerned about his few years on earth (60 or 70). On the other hand, there were five virgins who were prepared for the coming of the Bridegroom (as evidenced by their filling their lamps with oil) were called “wise” by the same Jesus (Mt 25:4)! Are you foolish and unprepared? For eternity? Or wise and prepared? For eternity?
David’s son, the handsome and winsome Absalom would tell you that that death can come suddenly. He was Bible’s answer to John Abraham, this Absalom. He “unexpectedly” met his father’s men (II Sam 18:9 NLT). He raced away from them on his “car” and consequently died in a crash – you can see it that way, because the mule he rode on was the car of those days! His long locks got locked onto a low-lying branch even as he sped away and was found by Joab who brutally killed him! He died when he was thinking of unseating his father from the throne. Death was the last thing on his mind! He was dreaming of life as the king when he was killed suddenly! He was perhaps dreaming of sitting on the throne of his dad, just minutes before he was found hanging as a dead body suspended between heaven and earth without a seat!
If you were to die suddenly, would you be ready to face death? What will people catch you doing busily, if you were to die, suddenly? Would it be something that pleases Jesus? There were some young folk who had meat that they sinfully desired, in between their teeth when they died suddenly (Psa 78:30-31). What websites would you have left open, if you were to die suddenly, without being able to close them? Would envy, bitterness, pride, remain in your heart, if it were to stop beating, suddenly? Would you be left with the regret of missed evangelism opportunities, if you were to die, instantly and suddenly?!
Death, the Bible tells us, can be an occasion to SMILE. Yes, death can be an occasion for a beaming smile for some folks. It is quite true that for folks without a daily living relationship with Jesus, death can become an unbearably hopeless and a super sad event (I Thess 4:13). But it is also true that death can be an occasion to look forward to with a smile, for folks who love Jesus and are ready to face Jesus when He returns to this planet the second time as the Judge of all the earth. I am talking about folks like Paul who saw death as a ‘gain’ and an experience ‘better’ than the present life (Phil 1:21-23). Life with Christ is an endless hope while life without Christ is a hopeless end. All our diseases will be fully would be fully gone then – the Bible teaches (Rom. 8:21).
Jesus, who died for us on the Cross and rose again calls us to repent and trust Him. He preached, “Remember Lot’s Wife!” (Luke 17:32). Lot’s wife was a Bible Character who suddenly died when God’s judgement came upon her when she had one last look at the sinful city of Sodom and Gomorrah, instead of fleeing as instructed by God. So, basically was telling us there: Judgement is coming! It was come when I come back the second time! But before that repent! Put your faith in me! I love you! I died for you on the Cross!
Will we pay heed to Jesus’ call? In Sridevi’s movie, English Vinglish, she is made out as born to be a ladoo-maker by her on-screen hubby. The Bible teaches, we are born to love God and glorify Him forever. If we do not do that, there would be a vacuum, a vacuum only a relationship with God’s Only Son Jesus can plug. Come now to this Jesus!
Sridevi suddently died when she went into her hotel bathroom to get ready for a romantic dinner with her husband. The Bible talks about a romantic dinner - the wedding feast which Jesus organises for his bride. He calls each one of us to be his bride (2 Cor. 11:2; Matt. 25, The Bible). He wants you, whoever you may be, to have an intimate, daily, deep, relationship with him - a relationship that will bring meaning to your life. But you must turn from sin and put our faith in Jesus who claimed to be the only way to Heaven(John 14:6). After death it will be too late to repent and truth Jesus. After death there will only judgement, the Bible declares (Heb. 9:27). And after that judgement there will be hell for those who finally and firmly reject Jesus. That's sad, but true. Jesus himself talked about hell eight times in the Bible. If you don't believe in hell, it is as if you don't believe in Jesus!
Come now to this loving Savior who is waiting with his arms open wide! "I will never drive away the person who comes to me!" says Jesus. Your sin may be unprintable. But he still loves you. Your situation may be hopeless. But he still wants to hold you close and offer you forgiveness, love and hope. He loves you just the way you are. His love will move your heart to change your way of living as you cooperate with him and the Holy Spirit. So come to Jesus. Now! Tomorrow may be too late! The road of by and by will lead to the town of never, someone rightly said. Don't plan to repent at the 11th hour! You may die at 10:30! Think of Sridevi!
(This article is adapted from Duke Jeyaraj’s book, Goodnews for the Google Generation. This book is out of stock and will be reprinted. Duke is the founder of Grabbing the Google Gen from Gehenna Mission, the G4 Mission. This is an Indian reader-viewer supported ministry. Find out more at www.dukev.org. Like Duke’s facebook page atwww.facebook.com/googleduke andwww.facebook.com/dukebook ).