The Dancing Puritan

Monday, February 11, 2013

Are you going to heaven?

As an old preacher once said, everybody talking bout heaven ain't going there. Many people imagine heaven and even imagine that when all is said and done that they will be going to heaven. However, only those people who have come to Jesus with their thirst will make it to heaven.

Heaven is a real place, where real people will spend a real eternity.

J.C. Ryle wrote:

There is a pass in Scotland called Glencroe, which supplies a beautiful illustration of what heaven will be to the souls who come to Christ.  The road through Glencroe carries the traveller up a long and steep ascent, with many a little turn and winding in its course.  But when the top of the pass is reached, a stone is seen by the wayside with these simple words inscribed upon it:  'Rest, and be thankful.'

Those words describe the feelings with which every thirsting one who comes to Christ will enter heaven. The summit of the narrow way will at length be ours.  We shall cease from our weary journeyings, and sit down in the kingdom of God. We shall look back on all the way of our lives with thankfulness, and see the perfect wisdom of every step in the steep ascent by which we were led.  We shall forget the toil of the upward journey in the glorious rest.  Here, in this world, our sense of rest in Christ at best is feeble and partial: we hardly seem at times to taste fully 'the living water.'  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is imperfect shall be done away. 'When we awake up after His likeness we shall be satisfied' (Psalm 17:15).  We shall drink of the river of his pleasures and thirst no more.

Are you going to heaven?  Only those whose sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus Christ will arrive at heaven.  

The Bible says: In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, 'If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.'  John 7:37,38

Are you thirsty down deep in your soul? Do you know that you are under God's wrath and are right now unprepared to meet God?  You have broken God's law and stand guilty.  Do you thirst after forgiveness and do you long to be reconciled with God?

Come to Jesus.  Rest in him.  Trust in him. Jesus left heaven's glories, came to this earth, lived without sinning, died for sinners on the cross and was raised again from the dead. He is able and willing to save all who will come to him and drink. Drink of Jesus. When you do, heaven will be your home.

Quotes above from J.C. Ryle's book: Holiness published by Charles Nolan Publishers.