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John 14:1-24

“There’s no place like home.”  This is what Dorothy said in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, after going through illusory dreams, frightening experiences, and disappointing realities.*  In like manner, before long the Christian realizes that this sin filled world is not his home; heaven is.  And yet we, as believers, have moments of anxiety and fear as long as we are in these bodies.

Thoughts.  Do your thoughts about death trouble you?  They should if you are not a true Christian (See Matthew 7:21-23).  Do you know what happens to unbelievers at the time of death (Luke 16:19-31; See Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  What happens to Christians when they die (Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 5:1-9)?  Into which section of heaven do they go today (2 Corinthians 12:4).  When do they get to go to the place that Jesus went to prepare for them (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)?  How is it described for us (Revelation 21:9-27)?  What about the trials and troubles of life?  Will they be too great for us to endure (1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9)?  What should a Christian do when he sins (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Luke 22:32)?  What if he denies His Lord as Peter did (John 13:38; Luke 22:31, 32, 47-62; See 2 Timothy 2:12)?  Will he be condemned and lose his salvation (Romans 8:1; 35-39; John 10:28, 29)?

Truth.  To quiet our noisy hearts, we need to know the truth that can set us free (John 8:32).  The believer’s strength comes from God (John 15:5; Philippians 4:13; Psalm 121:2).  Christians are being purified for their wedding to Christ (Ephesians 5:26; Isaiah 1:25).  He is preparing a special place for His Bride, the true Church (John 14:3; Revelation 21:9-27).  Currently, in heaven, He is interceding for those who belong to Him (Romans 8:26, 34; Hebrews 7:25).  He answers our prayers according to His will (John 14:13).  He has promised never to leave or forsake true believers (Hebrews 13:5).  We also have a Comforter (John 14:16-20).

Techniques.  There are some things that can strengthen the believer’s heart.  Knowledge of the truth from God’s Word can remove fear (John 8:3; 14:20; 1 John 4:18).  But the believer also needs to apply the truth and keep the Lord’s commands to Christians if anxiety is to be removed from his/her heart (John 14:21; Philippians 4:6, 7).  Love for the Lord can release guilt (John 14:23, 24; 2 Corinthians 5:9).

Question.  Is your life filled with fear and anxiety?  It should be if you are not a true Christian. You are under the condemnation of God (John 3:18, 36) and in danger of spending eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).  But you can become a Christian by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins… and rose again bodily on the third day.  He said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  Once you’ve been saved, you can/should cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  The “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, [can] guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus” as you encounter the hardships of life (Philippians 4:6, 7).  You have a choice to make.  Will you “trust and obey” or “stew and fret” about your problems?

Salvation.  We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone.  We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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*Portions adapted from Chuck Swindoll, Following Christ, pp. 93ff

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 1 Peter 5:8, 9

When it comes to the subject of the devil, two mistakes are often made by many people, including Christians. Some folks joke about him while others ignore him. Both of these responses are dangerous positions to take.

Warning. The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that in the latter times some people would depart from the faith and give heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. They would speak lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron. They would tell people not to marry and abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth (1 Timothy 4:1-5; See Acts 10:14, 28). He told Timothy to preach the word with authority and to be ready in season and out of season because many people would seek to follow teachers with itching ears who would tell the people what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:1-4).

Ignorance. The Apostle Peter, having given in to a temptation from the devil to play the role of a coward (Luke 22:31, 32; Matthew 26:74), was well aware of Satan’s tactics. They seem to be intensifying in our day and we need to know the truth about him so we who are true Christians can resist and overcome him (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8, 9; 1 John 4:4) after we have put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17). Let’s not be ignorant of his tactics (2 Corinthians 2:11).

Satan’s Activities

Independence. He seeks to provoke believers to rely on themselves rather than on God (See John 15:5; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 4:13). As a result of King David’s yielding to Satan’s solicitation to number and rely on his troops rather than on God Himself, 70,000 Israelite men died (1 Chronicles 21:1). The leaders of the world have made and will make decisions to engage in unjust wars and in the future billions of people will die. Do you know how many people will die during the seven years of the Tribulation when the devil, the anti-Christ, and the false prophet are in charge? It will be over ½ of the world’s population (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). If God allowed them to have power for more than seven years, no one would survive (Matthew 24:22). By the way, not all wars are unjust and some have been ordered by God Himself (Deuteronomy 20:17-20). God gave the wicked nations in the land of Canaan 400 years to repent but they didn’t (Genesis 15:16; Leviticus 18:24). God is long suffering and wants people to be saved (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4). But there will come a day when He will judge the unrepentant and unbelievers (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). You and I can cause great harm to others too if we act like the heathen and the Israelites who sacrificed their live babies to the pagan god Molech (Leviticus 18:21; Jeremiah 32:35). Can God forgive the sin of murder and other sins (Exodus 20:13; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)? Yes! He forgave King David, King Manasseh, and the Apostle Paul (2 Samuel 12:9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20; Acts 8:1-3).

Victims. He roams the world to find victims to overwhelm (1 Peter 5:8). He’d like for believers to become bitter and have an unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11) and get them to curse God and die for not protecting them from harm and danger (Job 2:9). The patriarch Job was an upright man and became the object of Satan’s abuse. He was allowed by God to strip Job of his children, his wealth, and his health (Job 1, 2). He became a prime example of our need to trust God even when things are going badly (Proverbs 3:5, 6; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Do you do this?

Blindness. The Scriptures talk about three kinds of spiritual blindness: Natural blindness. This keeps all unbelievers from understanding many things in the Scriptures or think of them as simply being foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:14; 3:19). Satanic blindness. He spiritually blinds the minds of unbelievers to prevent them from understanding the power of the Gospel to save Jews and non-Jews (2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 1:16, 17). Judicial blindness. This was imposed on the Jewish people because of their rejection of their promised Messiah (Romans 11:25; Matthew 27:25). Only God Himself can remove these three blinds from people’s spiritual eyes after the Gospel has been presented to them by a human agent (1 John 4:4; Romans 1:16).

Darts. Satan has in his arsenal 14 fiery, mental darts that he directs at a believer’s mind but only if God allows it (Ephesians 6:10-17). Disappointment, discouragement, doubt are very effective tools he uses to bring Christians down and cause them to lose their power from God (Philippians 3:10; 4:13). Do you know what the other 11 temptations are and how to overcome them? They are not to be confused with the temptations that come from our old sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21; See 1 john 1:8) or from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:17-24).

Hinder. Whenever he can, he tries to hinder those who are engaged in the work of evangelizing the lost with the Gospel of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) and the edification of believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11) for their work of service (1 Thessalonians 2:18; 1 Peter 4:10). He encourages and promotes greedy, false teachers who do his bidding (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Beware of the “health, wealth, and happiness preachers” (2 Peter 2:15; Jude 1:11; Revelation 2:14).

Doubt. He undermines the Word of God by casting doubt on it (Genesis 3:1). He often uses false teachers to twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16). Many of them use the allegorical rather than the normal, historical, grammatical method of interpreting the Scriptures (Matthew 13:19; Genesis 3:1).

Angel. Believe it or not, he can transform himself into an angel of light so as to try to deceive other good angels (2 Corinthians 11:14). He drew 1/3 of the angels with him in his rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4). They became demons and are destined for the eternal lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). This Biblical teaching stands in sharp contrast to the false teachers who teach and promote the “universal reconciliation” (salvation) of all of God’s creatures in the end.

Satan’s Future

Abyss. After the seven years of the tribulation (Daniel 9:27; See Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15ff) the devil will be captured by a low ranking angel and will be bound in the Abyss for 1,000 years while the Lord Jesus Christ rules on/over the earth (Revelation 20:1-6; Isaiah 9:6, 7). But when the 1,000 years are over the devil will be released from the Abyss for a brief time. He will gather to himself those who inwardly rebelled against Christ during His 1,000 year reign on earth (Revelation 20:7-9). Then Christ will cast the devil, his angels (demons) and the unbelievers into the lake of fire where they will suffer forever (Revelation 20:10). God is a righteous and holy God and must/will sentence the unbelievers to that awful place. There are no second chances to be saved once a person dies (Hebrews 9:27). Don’t be misled by false teachers who teach otherwise. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). His Word is truth (John 17:17).

Conclusion: Therefore, if you still are a child of the devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10), you need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-6) so you can become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Believers need to “Be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [Having submitted yourself to God, and having put on the whole armor of God], resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8, 9; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17).

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     “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us…Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, ‘What comes into your mind when you think about God?’ we might predict with certainly the spiritual future of that man.  Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the Church will stand tomorrow…The man who comes to a right belief of God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems…The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.” – The Knowledge Of The Holy, by A. W. Tozer, Harper and Rowe, Publishers. Chapter 1.

There is no doubt about it.  “The Shack” (the book and the movie) by William Paul Young, and his book “Lies We Believe About God” have a lot of people talking and wondering.  Are the things he says in his books and the movie biblical or diabolical?   What should we use to evaluate them?  What does he believe and teach about the true and living God of the Scriptures?  Does the way he portrays the members in the Godhead differ dramatically from the way the Scriptures portray God?  What does Paul Young really believe and teach about man, salvation, and his future destiny?  What about sin and the way it affects man?  Do the Scriptures teach universal reconciliation and the ultimate salvation of all men including the devil and demons?  What’s the big deal anyway?  What relationship did Dr. James B. DeYoung, who wrote “Burning Down The Shack” once have with William Paul Young?  Is the movie anti-Christian, anti-family, and anti-American?

David Steele writes, “Paul Young has shared openly and honestly about some of the hurts in his life. Pain and suffering, while inevitable in this life are regrettable realities. The dark night of the soul will likely affect most of us. And so we sympathize with Young and his Great Sadness and pray that God will minister in deep and abiding ways. But no amount of personal tragedy or loss can excuse the propagation of false views of God.”

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John 10:30-42

“Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:11). Yes, Jesus is Jehovah – the God/man. Someday every one will acknowledge that He was born of the virgin, Mary, who lived a sinless life so He could go to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again on the third day.  But this isn’t teaching “universal salvation.”

If there is one thing the devil wants to do, it’s to confuse people about the Person of Christ and God’s simple plan of salvation. Before He went to the cross, Jesus told His disciples that many would come in the future, before His second coming to earth, and would say that they were the Christ (Matthew 24:5). Consider the Christs of the cults and false religions. They are numerous. They can’t save anyone.

While the common people of His day longed to have Jesus as their welfare King, the religious leaders were determined to kill Him (John 5:18; 6:15) because they envied Him and were afraid of losing their authority over the common people (Matthew 27:18; John 11:48). They dismissed, denied, or ignored the miraculous signs they had seen Him perform. Jesus came to His own people, but most of them rejected Him (John 1:12). How about you? What you and I believe about Him and how we respond to the Gospel will determine our eternal destiny in heaven or hell (John 3:16, 18, 36). Yes, they are real places (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8).

Was Jesus A Liar? Did He know deep down that His claims were false? He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He asked, “Which of you convicts Me of sin” (John 8:46)? No one could do this because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15). This was in sharp contrast to the false prophets and teachers who were/are audacious deceivers (2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1). The coming Antichrist will be the greatest deceiver. He will be able to perform the same kind of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:12). We sincerely hope you won’t be here on earth when he comes (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Would you like to learn how this is possible without your having to die? Did you know that there is a group of people who won’t die physically (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)?

Was Jesus A Lunatic? After Jesus called His twelve apostles to follow Him, His family members thought He had gone out of His mind. The Scriptures predicted that this would happen (Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 10:1ff; Mark 3:13-21; Luke 24:7). His half brothers didn’t believe that He was the Messiah and the Son of God, and His half brother James didn’t believe on Him until after His bodily resurrection (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). His enemies accused Him of being demon possessed (John 7:20; 8:48-52). But He responded to them by saying that a house divided against itself cannot stand (Matthew 12:25). No, He wasn’t crazy.

Was/Is He The Lord – Jehovah God? Let’s consider His own words (John 10:30, 34-36). He claimed to exist before Abraham and referred to Himself as the eternal “I AM” or Jehovah/God (John 8:58; Exodus 3:14). His works/miracles that God the Father gave for Him to do authenticated His claims to be God (John 5:17; 10:32, 37, 38; 17:4; 20:31). By the way, did you know that God has some specific works He wants His children to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10)? Jesus’ unique Person also validates His claim to be God. He said, I and My Father are one” (John 10:30). The Greek text, in which the New Testament was written, tells us that this means that He shares the same essence, attributes, and nature with God the Father. There isn’t just one Person who manifests Himself as three personalities – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God (John 1:1-18; Colossians 1:15-17; 2:9) and distinct from God the Father and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 14:16). Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist also testified to His deity (John 1:6-8, 15, 29-34). He was the forerunner of Christ (Malachi 3:1). But the Scripture itself testifies to Jesus’ credentials that He is indeed the God/man (John 10:35; Luke 24:27).

Gospel / Salvation. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, … He was buried, … and He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, … He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” and by over 500 other witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; See Acts 1:1-11). It is possible for a person to know and believe the facts about Jesus and the Gospel but still be lost and headed for the eternal lake of fire. Not until one places his/her faith in Christ alone is he/she saved. We are not saved by our good works lest any one should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Evidence. If you’re a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you given evidence of this to other people by being baptized (immersed), and are you doing the good works that God wants you to be doing (Matthew 28:19, 20; 1 Peter 4:10; James 1:22; 2:18-20)? Are you ready to give an answer to those who ask you about the hope you have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15)? If not, why?

Help. We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure if they are headed for heaven or not. “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

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The most important decision that we have to make in life relates to what we will do with the Lord Jesus Christ. When Pilate the governor asked the Jews what they wanted him to do with Jesus who is called the Christ, they said, “Let Him be crucified” (Matthew 27:22). What you do with Him will determine where you will spend eternity – in heaven or in the lake of fire (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46). Denying that these places exist doesn’t change anything if Jesus is right. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This was not and is not a politically correct statement and many people are upset by what He said. But I’ll take Jesus at His word because He alone died for our sins, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the dead. These facts were witnessed by over 500 people on ten different occasions over a 40 day period of time before He ascended back to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11).

Choice. You can choose to reject Him or ignore Him to your own peril. But by your continual refusal to believe on Him as your personal Savior, you are condemning yourself to the lake of fire. “He [or she] that has the Son [as his/her personal Savior] has [eternal] life; he [or she] who does not have the Son of God does not have [eternal] life. These things I [the Apostle John] have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know [not wish, hope, or think] that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5:12, 13).

Time. Since you and I don’t know the day or the hour of our death, it’s only logical for us to make this most important decision of our life before it’s too late. “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

Gospel. My friend, this is the Good News that led to my being saved. I personalized it by believing that “Christ died for [my] sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). I’m trusting in Him alone to save me from the lake of fire and take me to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Assurance. In addition to God’s written word that gives me assurance of my salvation (John 3:16; 1 John 5:13), I also have the inward assurance that comes from God the Holy Spirit who bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God (Romans 8:16). Not everyone is God’s child (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We must be born again from above for this to happen (John 3:3-7).

Purpose. Having been saved by God’s grace through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not of the cults, I desire to live my life to be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9) and make Him known to others whom I meet along life’s path (1 Corinthians 10:31). I want to do the good works that He planned for me to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10) as a way of expressing my appreciation to Him for His gift of eternal life and the other spiritual blessings that are mine to enjoy (Ephesians 1:3).

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John 10:11-21

Suppose, after continually being attacked and rejected by most of the Jews of His day, Jesus decided that He didn’t want to give His life for them and said to His Father in heaven, “I quit! Let them all perish and go to h—.” Did you know that God didn’t provide salvation for Lucifer, the highest creature He ever made, who rebelled against Him and who became God’s adversary, the devil (Ezekiel 28:13-15)? Nor did God provide salvation for the the rebellious angels who followed him against God. Had God chosen to send all of us sinners to the lake of fire forever, He still would have maintained all His divine attributes: goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, love, and holiness. But God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, chose to die for all our sins, once and for all (Hebrews 10:10), while we were still sinners and His enemies (Romans 5:8, 10). That’s amazing grace!

The Good Shepherd

His Died. As the “Good Shepherd,” Jesus went all the way to the cross to die physically and spiritually so His sheep (i. e. those who would believe on Him) could live and have His quality of life – eternal life (John 3:16; 6:37, 44; 10:10-18) as a present possession that would go on into eternity. The payment for sin (lawlessness) had to be paid to God the Father before Jesus could offer eternal life to us sinners (Romans 6:23). While He was hanging on the cross, from noon until 3 P.M., God the Father laid on Jesus the sins of the whole world (Isaiah 53:6; Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; 1 John 2:2). Only the God/man could bear all our sins and pay such a debt. The value of His death came from His being God, but the reality of His death came from His being a real man (See Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:19). His physical suffering was minor when compared to the spiritual suffering He experienced on the cross.

His Knowledge. Jesus knew/knows those who were/are His sheep (true believers) and those who aren’t His sheep (unbelievers). He knows them all by name and is intimately acquainted with them and all their needs (John 2:24, 25; 10:14; Hebrews 4:14-16; Philippians 4:19). The sheep know Him and recognize His voice when He calls for them (See John 11:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). They will follow Him unless they are spiritually sick and wander away from Him. But He will pursue after them and bring them back (Luke 15:3-7). He won’t lose any of His sheep (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:35-39). Do you know what God can/will do with His rebellious sheep without taking their salvation from them (1 Corinthians 11:30; Hebrews 10:30, 31; 12:5-11; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16, 17)?

His Other Sheep. Initially Jesus came to glorify God the Father (John 17:4) by offering the kingdom of the heavens to the Jews (Matthew 4:17; 10:1-15; See Daniel 2:44, 45). He was/is the rightful King of the Jews (Matthew 1:1-25; 2:2; 27:11; Luke 3:23-38). When most of them rejected Him, He extended salvation to the Gentiles (non-Jews) without their having to become proselyte Jews first (John 1:11, 12, 29; 4:22). After His bodily resurrection from the dead and His appearances to over 500 eye witnesses, He gave His disciples the responsibility of evangelizing not only the Jews, but also the Samaritans and the Gentiles (Acts 1:8). From all ethnic groups God would bring into existence a “New Creation” known as The Church which is His Body” (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 2:15; Colossians 2:24). Jews and Gentiles are saved the same way today (Romans 1:16). We all must believe that “Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved (Acts 16:31). We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

His Obedience. Jesus was obedient to God the Father (Hebrews 10:7, 9) and was led by God the Holy Spirit while He was here on earth (Matthew 4:1). Had not God the Father given Him the command to lay down His life in death (John 10:18), Jesus would have been committing suicide. In the garden Jesus prayed, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42; See Hebrews 10:7, 9). By doing this, Jesus was carrying out the Divine plan for the ages (Ephesians 1:11).

His Predictions. Jesus predicted His own death and bodily resurrection (John 2:19; Matthew 16:21; Luke 24:33- 43). He also chose the time and manner of His death (Psalm 22; Philippians 2:8). The Jewish leaders didn’t want to kill Him during the Passover feast but they were overruled because that was the predetermined time for Jesus to die (Matthew 26:5; Acts 4:28). The Passover lamb pictured Christ’s death (John 1:29). Jesus also chose to die at 3 P.M. from a ruptured heart (John 19:30-34). We don’t have that kind of control over our lives, but He did since He was/is the God-man (John 1:1-18).

Application. Even though the complete payment for the sins of all mankind has been paid by Jesus to God the Father, the gift of salvation and eternal life are only granted to those who place their faith in Christ alone to save them. Did you know that Christ even died for the sins of the false teachers (2 Peter 2:1)? But all those who die without Christ as their personal Savior and who refuse to believe on Him (John 1:12, 3:16, 18, 36:16:8-11) will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; 2 Peter 3:7; Jude 1:13; Revelation 21:8). How sad! Please make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10).

Rescue Squad. If you’re a true Christian, why not join God’s “Rescue Squad” and give others the opportunity to hear the Gospel so they can believe on Him and be saved? God won’t forget our works and labors of love (Hebrews 6:10; 1 Corinthians 15:58). When a Christian is involved in pointing others to Christ for salvation, that one can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20).  Will you receive one of them?

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I know. I know. Some of you believe that Jonah and the big fish story and the universal flood of Noah’s day are myths. You are entitled to believe that if you want. But Jesus referred to them as being real incidents that took place. He said that the only additional sign miracle that would be given to the evil, adulterous, hard hearted Jews of His day would be the sign that as Jonah was three days and nights in the stomach of the big fish, so He would be dead for three days and nights in the heart of the earth and then rise from the dead (Matthew 12:40; 27:63; See John 10:17, 18). He also talked about the days of His second coming and likened them to the days of Noah. The people were “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). When God shut the door of the ark, all those on the outside perished in the flood (Genesis 7:16).

Judgment. “…it is appointed for man to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). No one will be able to escape being judged by Jesus (John 5:22). Do you know in which judgment your works will be evaluated to determine your enjoyment in heaven or the degree of your suffering forever in the lake of fire (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15)? These judgments don’t determine our eternal destiny. Do you know what will determine it?

Time. It’s running out and everyday that passes we are closer to our last day on earth. Oh, I know that this isn’t a pleasant topic to discuss, but it’s important. I used to tell our 38 year old son to treat each day as though it might be his last day on earth. And that day came for him this past Easter Sunday. Thankfully, he had utilized his time telling others about Jesus as was evidenced by hundreds of people coming to his funeral service on a very short notice. One man came from Australia to Japan where our son was living and teaching English in Japanese public schools.

Prophecy. Those who ignore or dismiss Bible prophecy might as well cut out about 1/4 of their Bibles since that is how much was prophetic at the time of its writing. Much of Bible prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus came the first time about 2,000 years ago. But much more is yet to be fulfilled at His second coming. Knowing the order of future events correctly isn’t what will get you into heaven but knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior will. The Good News that leads to our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas [Peter], then by the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

Choice. You can choose to believe this Gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved, or you can choose to reject Him as your personal Savior. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God…He who believes in the Son has [eternal] life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on Him” (John 3:18, 36).

Plain/Simple. God’s wonderful plan of salvation is simple enough for children to understand. Don’t hinder them from coming to Christ by saying that salvation is only an adult matter or that one has to jump though the hoops of good works of “discipleship” to be saved (Ephesians 2:8, 9). “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believes in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). These are Jesus’ words.

Questions. Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’ll go to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are a true Christian, what are you doing to earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20)?

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