Recently, the very first person that I know of from my graduating class died unexpectedly. I had not seen her in years, yet now she is gone. And it hits very close to home because it reminds me of just how mortal I am and how quickly life passes by.
The first thought that comes to my mind is, “Where is she spending eternity?”
I feel like I should know the answer to this question, but I don’t. If what I believe is real and true – and it is – then it should be the most important thing that I share and know about the people that God brings into my life. So I am going to share now for anyone who will listen!
Jesus Himself said that He was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He didn’t say I am one of the ways, one of the truths, or one of the lives. He said He was the only way to the Father.
There are a lot of voices in the world today even in the “Christian” sphere speaking different things and claiming different “truths” (I John 4). However, the reality is that unless we know Christ’s voice and are known by Him (John 10:27-28), we are lost upstream without a paddle. Our eternal destination is fixed. It does not matter what any other human being says, has said, or will ever say. Unless we know the Gospel according to Jesus…the Gospel according to God…we are lost, hopelessly lost (Isaiah 53; 1 John 5). The only voice that matters is God’s voice, and God has spoken to us through His Word telling us everything we need to know to have a right relationship with Him (John 5:16-47).
You see, we are all hopelessly lost, sinful human beings (Romans 3:23; I John 3). We are separated from a holy God by our sin (Isaiah 59:2). Because of our sin, we will die (Ezekiel 18). God had a redemptive plan though, so not all hope is lost because of our sin (Titus 3:5-7). He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect life and to be the sacrifice for our sin. Christ died to pay the penalty for our sin (Romans 5:8), then he conquered death by rising again (Romans 4:25). Without Christ, we will be separated from God forever in Hell (Luke 13:22-30). With Christ, we will worship God forever in Heaven (I John 5:11-12). The question is when you die, where will you be spending eternity?