Part 1 – Freedom in Jesus
When Jesus walked on earth, he performed many works: teaching through parables, healing the sick, performing various miracles, and walking on water. However, none of these compare to the greatest work Jesus’ Father called Him to do. By dying for us on the cross, Jesus freed us from our sins. This liberated all of mankind from the law of sin and death.
The Bible tells us that this was Jesus’ primary job, even from the time of his birth.
Matthew 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins. (NKJV)
This is the most important message for us to understand because it relates to the crucial question that each of us must answer: Where will I end up after I die?
As we go about our daily lives on this earth, we make choices based upon two internal questions.
- For whom will I live on this earth, God or self?
- What am I choosing as my ultimate destination, heaven or hell?
Every decision that we make, every action that we choose to follow is a reflection of the answers to these two questions.
Jesus, himself, teaches of the importance of these decisions in Matthew 25: 31 – 46. As Jesus is preaching to those who have gathered to hear him, he explains what is going to happen at the end of days, here on earth. First, Jesus is going to return, in all of His glory, along with all of the angels. I don’t know about you, but that is going to be awesome to witness, should Jesus return during my lifetime. In this passage, Jesus goes on to explain that all of the people will be organized by nations, and then the people will be sorted, one by one. The people Jesus sends to his right will be sent to heaven. Jesus, himself, will call them blessed! Sadly, however, those who are sent to the left, will be rejected. They will be publicly condemned and sentenced to hell. The two groups of people will be gathered, the righteous will be taken to their eternal reward, and the condemned will be herded to their eternal doom!
Let’s revisit my previous question – Where will YOU spend eternity?
The bottom line is that this is a SIN issue, an issue of the heart and soul.
- This is not an issue of baptism.
- This is not an “I am a good person” issue.
- This is not an “I try my best every day” issue.
- This is not an “I pray, read my Bible, and go to church” issue.
Several Bible passages explain that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), that eternal life is a gift (Romans 6:23), and that we have righteousness through Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Heaven is possible only through Jesus. In Matthew 10: 32-33, Jesus explains,
Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (NKJV).
The answer to the question of eternity is one that you must make. No one else can make this decision for you. Your family cannot pray you into heaven after you die. You, alone, must decide if your eternal life will be spent in heaven or hell. Jesus has already paid the price of your debt; you have the opportunity to accept His gift. The choice is yours.
Christ-centered for Life,