Most of us hope that we will go to heaven. We think that we can get there by doing good works or good things for other people. Do you think you are a good person? Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen something, even something like a pencil or some money from your parents? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? These are some of the Ten Commandments. This is God’s Law. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” God is perfect and just and because we sin we fall short of God’s perfect standard. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Physically everyone dies. Spiritual death is separation from God forever in hell. Hell is a place of burning, of unquenchable thirst, a place of darkness, a place of weeping, and a place of gnashing of teeth. We have earned and deserve to go to hell because we have sinned but there is good news.
Yes, we deserve to go to hell but there is Good News. We have been given a free gift and we have a choice whether to accept the gift or to reject it. This gift is eternal life in Jesus Christ. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God loved us so much that He would give up His son for all the people in the world. Would you be willing to let your only child die for a mass murderer or a thief? How about liar? No of course you wouldn’t. God sent His son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you and me. He rose from the dead three days later to show he had conquered sin and death. There is only one way to heaven. John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”Jesus is the only way to heaven. Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” As we read in John 3:16 whoever believes in Him(Jesus Christ) shall not perish but have eternal life. In believing we repent of our sins. We say I am sorry for what I have done and we ask for forgiveness for our sins. We turn our life around and stop following after our sin and start following after Jesus Christ. If you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and rose again then you shall be saved from your sin, saved from hell and saved from God’s wrath. You will go to heaven if you believe this. John 5:24 "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
This is a choice that we must make. Do not put it off we do not know when we are going to die. It could be today or tomorrow or 5 yrs from now. We may live to be eighty or a hundred and we may not live to even be that old. Will you accept this free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ or will you reject it?