THE JOURNEY OF NO RETURN

Please stop just for a moment and think about an important journey you had taken or when you relocated to a new city or another country entirely. When you left on this journey, did you just jump on a plane or bus and take off?  Of course not! Before you departed, you had to save enough money for the journey, obtain necessary travelling documents, purchase air or bus ticket, arrange accommodation at your destination, pack your bags and baggages, etc. In other words, you did careful preparations and planning for the journey.

 

What is so surprising and tragic is that most people give more thought and preparations to journeys and relocations here on earth than they do their eternal destination, that is, the journey of no return which no one can escape . Many of us are like the king in an African folklore who gave his staff of office to the palace fool to hand over to a person he considered a greater fool than himself. Try as he might, the fool could not find anyone to give the staff to. Not long, the king was terminally ill and the fool asked him, “Your majesty, what preparations are you making for the journey of no return you are about to embark upon?”  The king replied, “None.”  Handing over the staff back to the king, the fool said, “You are the greatest fool I have ever seen.” What a great lesson!

 

This life is preparation for the next. Your death will not be the end of you. Your life will continue at the other end, in eternity. At most, you will live a hundred years on earth, but you will spend for ever in eternity. While life here on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell, “Many who have been long dead and buried  will wake up, some to eternal life (heaven) others to eternal shame (hell) Daniel 12: 2 (Message). Your relationship to God on earth will determine your destination in eternity. If you have a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ on earth, you will spend eternity with Him in heaven in unspeakable bliss and happiness. If not, you will spend eternity in the torment of hell fire too horrible to describe.

 

Why do you need to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ to make heaven? The reason is that all human beings are in serious trouble with God because of the sin  of Adam, the ancestor of all human beings, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 NLT). The penalty for sin is death(Romans 6:23). However, God does not have pleasure in the death of a sinner(Ezekiel 33:11). Therefore, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die in our place, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the Just for the unjust that He may bring us back to God” ( 1 Peter 3:18). It was the death of Jesus Christ that reconciled us to God (2 Corinthians 5:19). By the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, all our sins have been wiped out because without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

 

Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. Unlike the journey on earth, you don’t need to take anything along for the journey of no return, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7).Everything you need had been prepared by Jesus Christ: “In my Father’s house, are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to PREPARE a place for you. ” (John 14:2).The PREPARATION you need to make is to surrender your life to Jesus. One inescapable question God will ask all of us when we get to the other side is,”What have you done with the gift of my Son Jesus Christ when you were on earth?”

 

Dear reader, you have to address this question here and right now.

Will you accept or reject Jesus? The decision is yours. The decision you make now will determine where you will spend eternity, in heaven or hell fire. If you want to surrender your life to Jesus, please pray this prayer sincerely from the bottom of your heart: “Lord Jesus, I believe that You are the Son of God. You died and rose again to save me? Forgive my sins and cleanse me with Your precious blood. Come into my life and be my Lord from henceforth. Thank You for saving me. Amen”.

 

 

 

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