Monday, August 24, 2020
Heaven’s Admission Price
“For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” (Colossians 1:19–20 nlt).
Imagine if someone were to say, “I believe in Disneyland, but I don’t agree with the admission price, and I don’t believe the location is accurate. So, I’m going to go where I think Disneyland is, and I’ll enter the way I want to.”
Well, okay. Whatever. They’ll probably end up at a miniature golf course somewhere. But if they do happen to make it to Disneyland when it’s open, they’ll still have to enter the Disney way and pay the Disney price. Otherwise, they won’t be going to Disneyland at all.
In the same way, there are people who say they believe in Heaven, yet they refuse to read what the Bible has to say about it.
The Pew Research Center polled people on their beliefs about Heaven and Hell. About 72 percent defined Heaven as a place “where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded.” And 58 percent defined Hell as a place “where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished.”
But that isn’t what Heaven is, and that isn’t what Hell is. If you say you believe in Heaven, then you need to read what the Bible says about it. The idea of Heaven uniquely comes from the Bible. We would not believe in Heaven if it weren’t for the teaching of Scripture.
The Bible tells us there is a Heaven. And to go there, we must do it God’s way. What is God’s admission price?
We can’t afford it. No one can, no matter how much money they have. That’s the bad news. But here’s the good news: The price has been paid. Colossians 1:20 tells us, “[God] made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” (nlt).
Admission is free through Jesus Christ. That’s how we get into Heaven. It’s because of His death for us on the cross.
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