When the first died, Ed McMahon, I was not thinking who will be next. I was musing on the life and death of Ed. He had been the sidekick of Johnny Carson for 30 years. Those two were the pair. I suppose nearly every adult imagined a fantasy of one day Ed McMahon would be at their door with a big check. Then word of Farrah Fawcett having died hit the TV. Almost all who lived during her television years remember what a bombshell she was. Her famous poster sold more than 12 million copies. I asked a man–hardly the type who would have been interested in her poster– if he had purchased one. He looked at me for a long moment and said, “Yes I did.” Shortly after she died a man walked up where I was standing and asked, “Who will be number three?” I know I had a puzzled look on my face and he responded, “You know, first Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett. Who will make number three–they always die in threes.” Twenty minutes later we had the answer–it was Michael Jackson. Jackson’s one album, Thriller, sold over 65 million copies worldwide.
That was some trio in death. You can look at all the success those three enjoyed over a good long life, you can also find tragic sadness with each. Those celebrities were famous and earned a place in the hearts of millions. But now they are each dead. What can we draw from this?
I will not attempt to make any spiritual conclusions about the three–frankly I don’t know their grip on faith–I don’t know if either had a Christian faith.
I will say that you and I can draw a valuable truth from their deaths. The Bible says, ” For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.” –Romans 6:23
How much money did those three famous people have when they died? It doesn’t matter–whatever the amount– they left it all. Not one dime did any one of the three take with them.
But they were each on the “payroll.” Their wages at the end of the day was death. Harsh as that may seem, it is the same with you and me. No matter our reputation, our life style, our circumstances in life–at the end of the day we will face the old enemy–death.
The end of that verse in Romans is a biggy. “But the gift of God is…eternal life… through Jesus Christ… our Lord.” We can hope that our three famous people knew the Savior–the Lord Jesus Christ. Can we know for sure? Not in their case–but we can know in our own. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
It’s as simple as that. Have you placed your faith–your simple childlike faith– in the shed blood of Jesus Christ? God help you to make sure of this today and then to write down your testimony–how you were saved and when. A good place to write is on the blank pages of your Bible. Date it and sign it. Leave word behind of this important decision and commitment. We leave a copy of our last will and testament for our heirs. So many of our works and deeds remain to testify what we did as a person. Bur rarely do we leave a clear testimony of our salvation. If you are saved–say so. “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so…” (Psalm 107:2) Today, those three famous people are gone. Tomorrow you will be, too!