Life is short. One never really knows what day or hour one is going to die. Death is something that comes to us all. With the most recent deaths of not only Michael Jackson, age 50, but also of Billy Mays (the Oxi-clean guy) who’s ALSO age 50, it only serves to remind me about how short life is and how we have to be grateful for every moment of life that we have.
Looking back, as a Christian, I wish I would’ve prayed more for Michael Jackson and Billy Mays to believe and call upon the name of Jesus. Their respective fates are now sealed for eternity (be it eternal life in Paradise with Jesus Christ or eternal condemnation in the “fire that never quenches”) and there’s no turning back. Many people say that Jesus Christ won’t send people to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the lake of fire and/or that Jesus Christ isn’t the ONLY way to eternal life/salvation. But they are wrong. For it CLEARLY states in the bible in John 14:6 [gospel of John, chapter 14, verse 6] “I [Jesus Christ] am the way, the truth, and the light. No-one comes to the father [eternal life/salvation] except by me [Jesus Christ].”
So really, it’s that simple. All one has to do to have eternal life is to BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ with all their hearts, souls and minds and that he died on the cross over 1976+ years ago to save mankind from sin, that he rose from the dead 3 days later (bible passages and even NON-Christian historical accounts prove this), that he ascended back up to heaven just 40 days later to be on the right hand throne of God Almighty and to ask the Lord Jesus to forgive them of their sins, get baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, repent [stop doing] of their sins, and CONTINUE to follow the commands of Jesus Christ [the 10 commandments, the Sermon the Mount teachings in Matthew chapters 5 to 7, + ALL new Testament teachings) until their dying day and they’re SAVED and assured a permanent spot in eternal paradise. It’s that simple.
It’s SO easy and SO simple that people often overlook it and think there’s some type of hidden catch….that they have to go to church every Sunday or be a nun in a convent…… But alas, there’s no hidden catch. That’s just it. God reaches out to ANYBODY and EVERYBODY who will listen. It doesn’t matter WHAT a person has done in their life up to that point; they can STILL be saved in the name of Jesus Christ! [And please keep in mind, it’s NOT going to church every week that saves a person’s soul, it’s the Lord Jesus Christ HIMSELF that saves a person’s soul and the only soul that is truly saved in Jesus Christ’s name is a soul who FOLLOWS and OBEYS Jesus’s commandments in the bible and TRUSTS him, no matter what!]
All people who have ever lived on the Earth will someday face the Judgment Seat of God/Jesus Christ. And as each person stands before God/Jesus Christ and is forced to give a full account of their lives, what will they say? If the Lord Jesus Christ were to ask them “why should I let you live with me in eternal Paradise?”, how would they respond?
For those who die without giving their hearts & lives to Jesus, the Judgment Seat of God/Jesus Christ will be terrifying. But for those who put their faith, trust and love in Jesus Christ, the Judgment Seat of God/Jesus Christ will be glorious, as they shall receive eternal rewards in Paradise.
Some people may say that it’s “cruel” for such a “loving” God to send people to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the lake of fire for not believing in him. But truth be told, the Lord Jesus Christ gives people many, many, MANY chances, miracles and circumstances throughout one’s lifetime to come to a saving knowledge of him; even sending some people back to life after dying, in order to give certain people a 2nd chance to believe in him & serve him all the days of one’s life. [But who’s to say that you’ll be one of the “2nd chancers” after you die? You DON’T know that…..Jesus may just decide to send you on to hell, without giving you a 2nd chance on Earth first…..SO BEWARE! Don’t say I didn’t warn you].
So IF, after giving the sacrificial form of himself in human form [Jesus Christ] over 1976+ years ago as a “payment” for people’s sins, and IF after giving people many, many, MANY chances to believe in him, a person still chooses NOT to believe, then that is NOT Jesus Christ’s fault, (as Jesus Christ tried millions of times to get through to that particular person, right?) as Jesus Christ is a righteous judge and righteous God. He tried to save that person but that person REFUSED to listen or be saved.
Then again, God is not this hateful/wrathful God that people try to make him out to be. He’s a just and loving God. That’s WHY he gives so many chances, miracles and circumstances in people’s lives for them to come to a saving knowledge of him. Some people ask “well, if Jesus already payed the price for my sins, why should I have to worry about going to hell and/or eternal condemnation in the ‘lake of fire’?” Well, Jesus Christ IS a loving, forgiving God to be sure. But he’s also a holy, divine, RIGHTEOUS God. At times, he is also a God of WRATH. Just like every human being has an angry side and a not angry side, so it is with God! And BECAUSE he’s so righteous, so holy, so pure, so true, he can’t let ANY unrepentant sin (spiritual uncleanliness) into Paradise, someday.
However, when we put our faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ ALONE, we receive the FREE GIFTS of eternal life and salvation. All WE have to do is pick up the free gifts and say “thank-you God, for presenting the gift of Jesus Christ to me”. Because if we don’t ever pick up our free gifts and say “thank-you”, then how can we ever receive our free gifts? Our free gifts of Salvation and eternal life…….All just for believing in Jesus Christ as Lord & savior, repenting/giving up/stop doing our sins, getting baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, following the 10 commandments and ALL teachings of Jesus Christ in the New Testament (such as Sermon the Mount teachings in Matthew chapters 5-7, etc.), spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ to as many who will listen and praying for forgiveness of our sins. It’s SO simple. Yet, SO overlooked in today’s world.
I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ that God will bless each and every single one of you today & open up your eyes, heart, body and spirit to his eternal truth & show you that what I’m saying is true. Amen.