Good News!

Good News!

There’s plenty of bad news. Wouldn’t you like to hear some good news for a change? The Bible was written to share God’s good news with man. Here’s what it says.

1.  We can know that Heaven is our home.

The Bible was written for a purpose.  It is God’s record about how men and women can spend their eternal existence with Him.  God wants you to know where your journey will end, and He has given the Bible to point the way.

1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you . . . that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”

According to many Scriptures, eternal life will ultimately end in the presence of God in heaven (see Luke 23:43; John 14:2-3).

2.  The Way to Heaven is “through Jesus Christ.”

In Romans 6:23, the Bible says, “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  The eternal life which ends in heaven is accessed through Jesus Christ.

Wouldn’t a loving God welcome everyone, regardless?

The problem lies with the nature of man, not the nature of God.  God is infinitely loving, but man is exceedingly sinful. According to the Bible, each person has committed innumerable offenses against God.  Every violation of God’s commands (see Exodus 20 for a complete list of the Ten Commandments) is an insult to Him personally and proof positive that our inner nature is corrupt.

Ecclesiastes7:20 “There is not a just man on earth that does good and does not sin.”

If it were true that you had kept every one of God’s laws and yet broke just one, you would still fall short of 100% holiness and be unwelcome in a perfect heaven (see James 2:10; Romans 3:23).  You only have to break one law on earth to be criminal and only one law of heaven to be a sinner. And in God’s law court, not a single sinner will slip through on some kind of technicality.

The other reason that God insists that Jesus is the way to heaven is due to what it cost His Son.  Knowing that there was no other way to help men and women escape the consequences of sin, God sent His Son Jesus to purchase their freedom by suffering a cruel death on a cross.

Romans 4:25 “[Jesus Christ] was delivered for our offences. . .”

He died on our behalf because we have all offended God by our sin (see also 1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8)

If there were any other way to obtain eternal life, God would be unjust for having made His Son go through with the cross.  If there were any other way, then a loving God would have chosen it rather than watch the death of His own Son.

A man traveling through a foreign country discovered that his destination lay at the end of a rugged mountain trail.  The journey was dangerous, and he would need a qualified guide to make it safely.

One guide offered to make the journey with the man.  Before hiring him, the traveler asked, “Have you ever been to the village to which I am going?”

The guide answered, “No, but I have been halfway, and I have heard many of my friends describe the rest of the way.

“Well,” replied the traveler, “you will not do as a guide.”

The traveler interviewed another guide.  Again he asked, “Have you ever been to the village to which I wish to go?”

This guide answered, “No, but I have seen the village from the top of the mountain.”

“You will not do for a guide, either,” the man replied.

A third guide offered his services to the traveler.  The traveler asked him the same question he had asked the other two guides.

“Sir,” replied the third guide, “that village is my home.”

You know as well as I that there are many spiritual guides in the present day, but only One lives where you want to be at journey’s end.  Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you . . . that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3).  If you wish to go to heaven at your journey’s end, make sure you come through Jesus Christ.

3. You can take Jesus as your Savior and Guide.

Since heaven is the destination and Jesus is the way, God invites you to settle the matter of your eternal destination today.  God says, “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).  This is God’s invitation to take Jesus now so that you will be safe at your journey’s end.

Jesus Himself said this involves two steps: “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark1:15).

Repent—Repent means that you turn from self to God (c.f. 1 Thessalonians 1:9).

  • Agree with God that your sin separates you from God and invites His punishment (c.f. Isaiah 59:2).  Ask Him to forgive you for breaking His laws.
  • Give up trying to make it to heaven under your own power.  To take Jesus as your Savior, you must agree that you cannot save (rescue) yourself (Ephesians 2:8-9).
  • Tell Him you would like Jesus to safely guide you to heaven.

Believe—Believe means that you trust in Jesus alone to take you to heaven.

  • Believe that Jesus died in your place on the cross and rose again.
  • Believe that Jesus can forgive your sin.
  • Believe that Jesus will take you at the moment you take Him, for the Bible teaches, “But as many as receive Him [Jesus] to them gave He power to become the children of God even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12)

Isn’t it time you accept God’s invitation to heaven by taking the hand of Jesus?

A little boy stood outside Buckingham Palace some years ago desiring desperately to see the king.  He was so dirty and disheveled in appearance that he was swiftly refused at the palace gates several times.  Dejected, he whimpered and kicked the ground in front of the gate.  A little while later, a finely dressed young man approached and asked the boy why he was crying.  The boy said he only wanted to see the king but the guards would not allowed him to enter.  The young man reached down for the boy’s hand and led the boy past the guards, through the gates, and into the palace to see the king.

What changed?  The young man holding the boy’s hand happened to be the king’s son.

So it is with you. The only way you can enter the gates of heaven is if Jesus, God’s Son, is holding your hand.  Have you put your hand in His?  Only you know if He is holding your hand. Only you know if you have asked Him to take your sin and give you access into His heaven.

Romans 10:13“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

What are you waiting on? You could ask Him right now. Ask Him to forgive your sin and give you the gift of eternal life.

Sample Prayer:

Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and don’t deserve heaven to be my home. But I believe that You died on the cross to forgive my sins and rose again to save me from their penalty. Would you please forgive me for breaking your laws and would you take me to heaven when I die? I give up trying to do anything to save myself and cast myself completely on You. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

If you have more questions about your final destiny, email us from this website or visit one of our services this week.  Further resources are available, and we would love to help you make heaven your final home.

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