I recognize that death is not the most pleasant subject to ponder; however, the fact is that we all have an appointment with death. In Hebrews 9:27, the Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” At some point, you will take your last breath and the question is, ‘Where will you spend eternity?’ I am delighted that the Bible declares that we can know for a certainty where we will spend eternity. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’” In this verse, He declared that there is only one way to Heaven and that it is through the sacrifice that He made on the Cross of Calvary. Consider Ephesians 2:8-9, where the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.” Let me ask you this, ‘If you could get to Heaven by your own merit, why did Jesus have to die and shed His precious blood?’
Many people are familiar with John 3:16. It is in this verse that God declares His love for the world. Aren’t you glad that God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die in your place so that you could spend eternity with Him in Heaven?
I trust that you will take a few moments to read the points below and related Scripture verses so that you can know where you will spend eternity. The choice is yours.
Recognize that you are a sinner.
The Bible declares that mankind has a problem and that problem is sin. Sin originated with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and is simply defined as a ‘transgression of the law’. This problem is universal and must be dealt with. Honestly, it is not hard for us to admit that we are sinners.
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
Realize that there is a penalty for sin.
As is the case in life, if we break the law there will be a penalty or consequence. God is Just and therefore sin must be judged. The Bible declares that there is a penalty for sin and that it is death. This death is separation from God for all of eternity in the Lake of Fire. I know this is not a pleasant thought. However, we must recognize our condition and the penalty before we will realize our need for a Saviour. As human beings, we have a sin debt that we could never pay.
“For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15)
Realize that Jesus paid for your sin.
How wonderful it is to know that Jesus paid the debt that I could never pay. He is the Son of God and He lived a perfect, sinless life and shed His precious blood on the Cross of Calvary so that mankind could be saved. You may ask, ‘What would we be saved from?’ We would be saved from punishment for all of eternity in the Lake of Fire. Isn’t this the greatest thing you have ever heard? That Jesus loved you so much that He would pay your sin debt so that you could spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
Accept His free gift of Salvation.
We have learned that there is a penalty for sin, but you do not have to pay the debt because Jesus already did with His precious blood on the Cross of Calvary. The Bible tells us that we earn death (wages) because of our sin, but He offers us the gift of eternal life. He now offers you the free gift of eternal life. We cannot earn a gift, but must simply accept it. Unfortunately, there are many people who have rejected the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offers. Will you accept this gift today? You cannot get to Heaven on your own; however, He paid the ultimate price and offers the free gift.
“But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Will you pray now and ask Jesus to be your Saviour?
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
He promises to save you if you simply ask Him to be your Saviour!
If you would like to trust Jesus as your Saviour you can simply pray a prayer like this:
“Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that there is a penalty for sin. I also realize that Jesus died for me and shed His blood to pay for my sin. I am trusting in Christ alone for my salvation and ask you to save me so that I can go to Heaven when I die. Thank you for being my Saviour, Amen.”
Did you just pray and ask the Lord to save you? If so, would you let us know so that we can rejoice with you?