There are some things I would rather know well in advance than find out at the last minute. Like knowing my plane is going to be delayed for five hours . . . or the expressway has been shut down due to repairs and the only detour is a single-lane road that winds through the middle of nowhere for 20 miles . . . or the fact that I have a block of cement tied to my back instead of a parachute as I make my first attempt at skydiving. . . . Believe me, stranger things have happened.

Those who trust their religion to get to Heaven have nothing more than a cement parachute to slow their fall as they prepare for the judgment of Almighty God. With its gospel of works, religion may promise a safe landing, but it cannot deliver eternal life. It comes up short because it does not recognize God’s prerequisite of shed blood for the forgiveness of sins.

The wages of sin is death, both physical and spiritual. All men have sinned, and are therefore worthy of the death penalty. The just and holy God cannot alter the penalty for sin, regardless of how many good deeds the sinner has performed. But in His love, God sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty we deserved. Jesus died on a cross, shed His blood, was buried, and rose again—all so that we could experience the joys of eternal life with God in Heaven.

Those who wait until the last minute to check their eternal destiny will forfeit the joy and peace they could have had with advanced planning. If you are unsure where you will spend eternity, you need only understand you are a sinner, believe that Jesus Christ died to pay for your sins, and trust in Him alone to provide you with eternal life. Once you have done this, you have made reservations for a home in Heaven. You don’t have to be caught off guard in this matter. Trust in Jesus Christ today.

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Anyone can devise a plan by which good people go to Heaven. Only God can devise a plan whereby sinners, which are His enemies, can go to Heaven. — Lewis Sperry Chafer

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.