Weekly Devotional | Death of a President

Rev. Seth Buckner
Heritage Baptist Church

Countless Americans have followed closely the funeral of former President George H. W. Bush. Presidents, kings, dignitaries, and their entourages gathered to pay their respects to the Bush family. The services and burial were handled with class and dignity as the world watched.

After all the fanfare dies down, the excitement ceases, and the news channels move on to the next stories, what is left for the former soldier, politician, and president? Sure, the historians will complete the final chapter of his life story. What then?

The 41st United States President lived many years and did prodigious acts of greatness while alive. He was a good soldier, father and husband. He was known by the entire world. On the other hand, funerals happened this past week that only a handful of folks attended, and seemingly no one cared much about. No television crews were present, and their deaths did not even make the local paper.

Death comes to everyone. Death does not care if you are president or pauper, or whether you are young or old. The only thing that matters to George Bush going forward is what did he do with Jesus of Nazareth? If we go by what was spoken at the funeral, Bush made the right choice. Only God knows his heart, and only God knows yours.

Every individual is faced with this same decision. What will we do with Jesus? Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 6:23b tells us, “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The greatest gift ever given was a King born in Bethlehem, and the greatest gift He gave back was His death and resurrection from the grave. Wise men are still the ones that seek Him.


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