Pastor Brian’s Blog
April 19, 2017
I woke up this morning to the news that former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell.
When I heard the news it was like someone put a dagger to my heart. Not because I had ever met Mr. Hernandez or even knew any of his family but because by all indications Mr. Hernandez went into eternity unprepared to meet God.
Oh he had money; he had signed a 40 million dollar contract (16 million guaranteed) with the Patriots before he was arrested for murder. He had the fancy houses and expensive cars; he had become a football icon in New England and even when he was in jail he was treated like a celebrity by the other inmates. When it came to his defense he was able to buy the best attorneys to represent him. Yet in the end, it wasn’t enough and Mr. Hernandez felt compelled to end his own life.
So when so many people (even Christians) are willing to sacrifice family, relationships and sometimes their own integrity striving to get what Aaron Hernandez had; when we envy what the rich have and can do, what does this sad ending for Aaron Hernandez tell us?
Jesus asked the very same question 2000 years ago…. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36-37
We are living in a time of “instant gratification” where many are living for the moment with little thought of eternity. We watch as people live for the “moment” at the expense of their own soul. We have forgotten the words of James who said…. How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. James 4:14
I don’t know if Aaron Hernandez came to Christ in prison but it does seem like everything the world had to offer him was not enough. Today as we take a moment and look at our lives, are we living for the “moment” or for “eternity”? May we all be reminded that if we were to gain the combined value of all this world’s resources; it pails to what God has instore for those that love Him…. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:8-9
May this song encourage you today….