It is the million dollar question of life: Where will you go when you die?
Whilst our time on earth is still valuable and important, in light of eternity, our few years here are short. What could be more important than making sure you will go to heaven when you die?
Are you good enough to pass the entrance exam?
The Bible says that nobody is good enough to get into heaven. It says we have all done wrong things that deserve punishment.
If you disagree and claim to be a good person, consider:
Have you ever lied?
Looked with lust?
Deep down our conscience agrees that these things are wrong and at the same time we can’t escape the fact that I/you/everyone, is guilty of them all and many more. We may not be the worst person in the world, but other people are not the standard; we will be measured compared to God’s perfect standard. If God were to give us justice when we die, we would end up in hell.
What’s the solution?
We can not make up for the wrong things we do by good actions. Picture a court scene where a bank robber defends himself by citing all the instances where he has donated to charity or provided someone in need with a meal. He is still a bank robber and needs to be punished according to the law.
The only alternative is if somebody else pays the fine, takes the punishment. That way justice is still served, the payment is still made, and now the bank robber may be set free.
This is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. The crime in our case is failing to meet God’s standard. The just punishment we deserve is eternal death, being away from God forever. Jesus through his own death has paid our fine and this allows us to be considered acceptable to God and eligible again to enjoy eternal life with him forever. Our part in all this is to acknowledge our guilt and turn away from evil, back to God and accept Jesus’ offer to pay our fine.
All of the above proves to us that God indeed loves and values us. He went to such lengths to make salvation and reconciliation with him possible because he loves us so much. If you would like to discuss this further contact us right now and we would be happy to explain in more detail and answer any questions you have.