February 23, 2005
What If You Die Today?
For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard - Romans 3:23
I'm sure that the people in Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004 expected another typical day. But tragically and sadly, for many, that day was to be their last. The unsparing waters devastated well-to-do tourists visiting for the holidays, as well as peasants who went about their daily work.
Let me ask you right now: what if you were to die today? What would happen? And most importantly, where would you spend eternity? You need to know that God loves you and wants you to spend eternity in heaven with Him. But you also must know that a wall separates you from a perfect God as a result. Try as you might to scale that wall, you will fail-be it through good deeds, morality, or even religion. According to the Bible, we all "have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard" (Romans 3:23).
But God loved you so much that He reached out to you by sending His own son, Jesus Christ, to this earth. There never, ever has been anyone who walked this earth like Jesus. Jesus was both God and man. Therefore, He was uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between a holy, perfect God and sinful, fallen humanity. With one hand, Jesus took hold of God the Father, and with the other, He took hold of sinful humanity. Spikes were driven through those hands as He died for your sin and mine. Then, Jesus rose again from the dead, conquering sin and death. He promises that if we will turn from our sin and put our complete faith and trust in Him, we can be forgiven of all our sin and go to heaven when we die.
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Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright (c) 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.