The love Jesus had for mankind is beyond man’s understanding. Yet it is real. Jesus gave his life so that man could be saved.
He suffered humiliation, beating, and crucifixion on the cross. Why? Because man needed a savior, and Jesus was the only suitable sacrifice.
Jesus left mankind his word so that all can know what he desires of man. He has also promised to come to retrieve the saved one day so that they can live in heaven throughout all eternity. It is hard to understand how anyone could possibly not want to be with Jesus.
Still some men fail to see the truth of God’s word and the evidence of his existence. They are convinced that this world and human knowledge is all that is important.
In the “Humanist Manifesto” the idea of judgment is thought to be harmful and distracting to one in their normal concerns. The thought is that one should not bother with religion, it is only superstition.
Thoughts like these are not new – they were around in the days of the apostles. Peter told of a people who scoffed at the thought of judgment (2 Peter 3:1-10).
There will be a day of judgment. Each person must decide for themselves where they want to spend eternity.
One’s decision to follow Jesus or not has to do with their eternal destiny. Not many people like to think of the alternative of heaven, but hell does exist.
The choice one makes will be shown in the road they take while in this life. One road is easy to follow while the other takes careful attention. Jesus preached about it while in his earthly ministry.
He said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:13,14).
Traveling the narrow road might be illustrated by thinking about the Panama Canal. Great ocean liners traverse the oceans of the world.
When ships wish to go through the canal, the captains must turn their vessels over the canal pilot to get safely through the locks of the canal. The canal locks are so narrow that sometimes only a few inches are between their destruction and their success.
If one truly desires to be with Jesus, one will think about heaven. The “pilot” has told how to reach the shores of heaven. One must obey the gospel and then live faithfully for God.
Paul gave instructions as to what one should be thinking. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4).
God lets each person make their own decision about eternity. Where do you want to spend eternity?