This morning while sleeping (& in that “in between” state) God gave me a little lesson.
As followers of Christ, we all know the truth that Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. He is (to put it rather simplistically) our entrance ticket to heaven.
To see a movie we need a movie ticket.
To get on an airplane we need an airplane ticket.
To see a play, we need a play ticket.
So why then would we expect that we can get into heaven without a ticket; by our own “good” deeds?
It’s as absurd as saying to the man at the movie theater, “Well, no I don’t need a movie ticket to get in, I just washed my neighbor’s car.”
Or saying to the airline clerk, “Let me on! I don’t need a ticket, I just donated $25 to the poor.”
As nice as those deeds are, and as nice as it would be if we could pay for purchases with good deeds, it just doesn’t happen that way.
**WHAT MAKES US THINK WE CAN PAY FOR HEAVEN WITH GOOD DEEDS?**
No amount of good deeds pays for my entrance into heaven.
It’s not about doing enough good. It’s about realizing there was just too much bad…and the only way I could be washed clean was by the perfect sacrifice; the cleansing blood of Christ.
His blood; the only sufficient payment for my entrance into heaven.
“But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NIrV
“We have been set free because of what Christ has done. Because he bled and died our sins have been forgiven. We have been set free because God’s grace is so rich.” Ephesians 1:7 NIrV
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 NIrV
“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NKJV
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