7437 - Know Your Destination

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To begin our program today listen to one of our sixty-second spots.

[60 second Evangelism SONspot - CD119 #8]

In this conversation we heard a man whose life had been given new direction, and new vitality when he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord over his life.

So many of the people in the world are like the skeptical lady in the spot - they just can’t believe that Jesus can make such a change in a persons life. But such a decision changes a person for eternity. They are on their way to Heaven.

However, outside of those believers who are living on earth when the Lord Jesus comes in the sky to catch up His brothers and sisters to be with Him, all other people face the most serious event of life, and that is death--the end of physical life.

This death event seals forever the answer to which each person has committed themselves in regard to the question, “Where will I spend eternity?”

There are only two possible answers to this question. We will either spend eternity in hell or in heaven, and the decision must be made by each individual during life here on earth. Now lets look at each of these destinations. First: by default or by overt choice many people have opted to go to hell. This is the place of eternal existence for every person who refuses to come to Jesus Christ, and accept His offer, as they live out life while on earth. To say it another way, these people do not in their lifetime, by faith, cry out to Jesus, accepting forgiveness for sin and receiving the gift of eternal life from His gracious hands. Jesus says to such people in John 5 verse 40: “You refuse to come to me to have life.”

And friend, Jesus is the only One who has the power and authority to give eternal life to anyone. As Acts chapter 4 verse 12 tells us: “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Hell is not a pleasant contemplation. It is a place which was prepared by God for the devil, also called Satan, and all the sinful angels who followed him in rebellion (Matt 25:41). It is vividly described as being a fiery lake of burning sulfur (Rev. 19:20; 20:14; 21:8), and those who are there will be tormented forever.

In contrast, Heaven is described as a beautiful, peaceful place where there is no more death, no weeping, no pain. This is a glorious place where those who have chosen to place their faith in Jesus Christ, reside with Him forever.

But listen! While you are alive, you may chose to go to heaven. This requires you to:
• acknowledge you are a sinner, helpless to do anything about your condition, separated from God by your sins.
• Then, by faith acknowledge that Jesus paid the penalty for your sins on that cross on Calvary’s hill.
• You then receive the new, eternal life which Jesus brings with Him as He enters your life to rule and reign.

Your future is secure in Jesus. You are bound for heaven.

Furthermore, this decision, once made, should be reflected in every temporal decision made in life. Your life should be consistent with your new relationship with Jesus, and should never conflict with your future inheritance.