Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”
Death confronts everyone with the issue of what lies beyond this life? Countless people in today’s world are seeking many ways to gain entrance into heaven, and the Bible, God’s breathed Word, is crystal clear on how a person will get there. The way to heaven isn’t by works nor because I have lived a good life. The way to heaven isn’t because I have been baptized or I attend church and tithe regularly. The only way to heaven is by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Our response to the death of Jesus Christ and God’s loving offer of forgiveness is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Salvation is a gift of grace that meets our every spiritual need. My brethren, man doesn’t establish the above standard for salvation and entrance into Heaven’s Glory, but is the standard established by a Holy and Righteous God, and recorded throughout the Scriptures. The one and only way to gain entrance into Heaven is through the shed blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Thus, we can do nothing to earn our salvation, no matter how hard we try! What God has already done for us is truly a miracle of grace.
Commendable as those qualities may be; however, they miss by an eternity the one and only criteria God requires for entrance into His coming Kingdom. And by the way He makes the rules not man. Within the Scriptures, Jesus said Himself in John 10:9, “I am the door; by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” Jesus speaking again in John 14:6 states, “… I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In Romans 5:8-9, “… God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more than, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him [Christ].” God’s provision for our salvation is so very simple, plain, and clear that a mere child can understand and enter into God’s Heavenly Kingdom. My beloved, the criteria for entrance into heaven was met my Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, and His Spotless Lamb that was slain for the salvation of everyone.
If you are reading this post, I must ask this very important question! Are you a member of the Family of God? If you died this very hour are you absolutely certain that you would go to Heaven? This is the most important question you will ever hear and your answer will determine where you will spend eternity! Can you honestly say that God is your Father? Have you become His child by declaring your personal faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? The most important decision you will ever make won’t be about marriage, buying a home, investments, retirement, life insurance, or a career.
The most important decision will be to accept or reject eternal life through the only provision that God gave to humanity! In today’s society, many people think Jesus Christ was only a good man, the son of a carpenter, and a teacher who walked this earth. They truly do not believe He was the Son of God However, the Scriptures emphatically state that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, that he lived, died, and rose from the grave to show you the Father’s love and to make it possible for you to become a member of God’s family.
The question which confronts every living soul would be, “What criteria are you following for entrance into Heaven? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Have you ever been stopped by someone wanting directions to a certain place because they had made a wrong turn? Alternatively, maybe you had to stop while on vacation to ask directions to the restaurant where you had dinner reservations or to the conference, you were to attend? If the person gave you the wrong directions, you would still be lost and wouldn’t be able to find your way to where you were going!
Can you imagine anything worse than giving the wrong directions to a rescue squad, the driver of a fire engine or an ambulance? My beloved, there is something much worse happening today, and that is giving an unsaved person the wrong directions or criteria to Heaven. Proper directions are always important, and this is especially true concerning salvation and how a person can be saved from their sins. No question of greater importance has ever been asked than the one voiced by the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30 when he said, “Sir’s, what must I do to be saved”?
The following story speaks about the consequences of following the wrong directions regarding a woman and her child riding a train. A terrible blizzard was raging over the eastern part of the United States, making it increasingly difficult for the train to continue on to its destination. Among the passengers on this train was a woman with a little child.
She was unfamiliar with the area, and very concerned that she might not get off at the right station. A man sitting near her sensed her anxiety and asked her if she was okay. She told him of her concern and he assured her that he had ridden the train often and was very familiar with the route. He told her that he would tell her when they were coming to her station where she would get off.
After some time, the train made a stop. The man told the woman that the next stop would be hers. The train went on, and in a short time later, the train stopped again. The man turned to the woman and said, “This is your stop ma’am!” The woman got up quickly, put the hat on her young child, scooped him up in her arms, and walked off the train into the storm.
Then, to the man’s surprise the conductor came in to the car as the train was stopping and announced the station where the woman was supposed to get off. The startled man said, “You’ve already stopped at this station!” “No, sir,” said the conductor. “Something was wrong with the engine and we stopped a few moments to make repairs.” “That just cannot be,” cried the man. “I told the woman with the young child that it was her stop and she got off between stations.”
The police were notified and when the blizzard had finally stopped, they found the woman with a child clutched in her arms, frozen to death. This was the tragic consequence of following the wrong directions. Moreover, there is another tragedy going on today in the religious realm. There is a multitude of contradictory voices, which are offering false and misleading information concerning the matter of where you will spend eternity, and especially how to get there. The only truth on how to get into heaven is found in God’s Eternal Word, where the Holy Scripture point us to Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven (John 14:6).
It happens every semester whether a person is attending college or a university. Writing assignments are usually given by the teacher or professor that must be completed and turned in if the student is to pass the class. However, every semester some of the students don’t hand in their assignment and then make excuses why they didn’t. Of course, the teacher or professor, dislikes doing it, but they have to tell these students, “I’m sorry. It’s too late. You have failed the class.”
My beloved, that is bad enough when you’re a college student and you realize you’ve just wasted a couple thousand dollars. However, there is a far more serious, more permanent finality that comes at “The End of Life” if people haven’t taken care of business with God about their sin. In those cases, if people die without having put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, they face an eternity without Him.
Think of it? What a terrible moment it would be to stand before the Savior Himself and hear Him say, “I never knew you; depart from Me” (Matthew 7:23)! The author of Hebrews warns us to make sure we don’t “come short” (Hebrews 4:1) of the eternal rest offered by God, because we followed the wrong directions for entrance into Heaven. The good news is that it’s not too late. Today, if you aren’t saved, Jesus freely offers to you salvation and forgiveness through Him.
Calvary reveals the seriousness of our sin and the vastness of God’s love.