In one of his fine messages Pastor-Evangelist Bog Eggers related
the following story as told to him by a Christian coroner in
Texas. Rev. Milton Kerri confirmed the story, since he also knew
the coroner and heard it from his own lips.
The task of the coroner is to officially pronounce and document the
death of a person; so he is among the first to be called to a home
or mortuary to examine dead bodies. One day at a funeral home in
Texas town, the coroner of our story, who was not a Christian at the
time, was called to view the body of a man who was brought in. Though
he had examined hundreds of bodies before under similar circumstances,
in this particular case the coroner could not help but notice the
horrible expression left upon the face of the deceased man.
Later that same day, at the same funeral home, this coroner was called
upon to confirm the death of a little child. When he observed the
lifeless form of this little girl, again he could not help but notice
the surpassing beauty, the evident peacefulness and even joy upon her
countenance. In contrast, he moved across the hall to look again into
the face of the man, brought in earlier.
For some time the coroner had been wrestling with the conviction that
he ought to get right with God. For some time he had good intentions
of going to church with his Christian wife, walking the aisle and giving
his heart to Christ, but each Sunday, at the invitation he would get
"cold feet" and put the matter off. After closely observing this day;
these two contrasting faces at the funeral home, he could not sleep
that night. The vision of these faces - the ugly, horrible countenance
of the mature man; the innocent, angelic, and peaceful expression of
the beautiful little girl - kept coming before him. Surely, he thought,
there was a reason for the difference. Finally he concluded that the
difference was their eternal destinies.
He rose from his bed, fell upon his knees, poured out his soul to God
and gave his heart to Jesus Christ.
The next morning, this now Christian coroner determined to confirm the
truth of his speculations. So he looked up the parents of the deceased
child and asked them if their little daughter had ever trusted Jesus
Christ as Saviour. They tearfully, yet joyfully said yes, just a few
weeks before she died, she had been converted when a Sunday school
teacher talked to her.
Then the coroner looked up the survivors of the particular man whose
face of horror had so indelibly impressed him. Upon inquiry he learned
that this man had never darkened the doorstep of any church, had never
displayed he slightest interest in his soul's eternal welfare, but
rather was a wicked and profane man.
For sometime thereafter the coroner conducted a more extensive experiment,
and examined the bodies of about one hundred deceased persons brought to
his attention; in each case recording in a notebook his impressions as to
their spiritual condition at the time of death, as judged from their
facial appearance. Then, he went to their survivors to confirm the
accuracy of his spiritual diagnosis. In ninety-two percent of the cases,
his impressions were proven to be correct, as to whether they were
saved or lost.
What a wonderful confirmation to the truth of God's Word when it testifies,
as it does in so many places, to the fact of man's eternal destiny: that
there is indeed a Heaven to win, and there is a terrible Hell to shun!
"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous
into life eternal." (Matthew 25:46)