Have you ever heard it said that there are “only two things certain in life, death and taxes”?
That statement is attributed to none other than Benjamin Franklin who replied with this statement when addressing whether or not the Constitution of the United States of America would stand the test of time—well, as an American, I am sure glad our Constitution is still going strong!
But Mr. Franklin was right on about one thing . . . there is very little in life that ANY of us can be 100% sure of. In fact, there is much that is uncertain: the economy, our jobs, our health, our future, etc.
It has been said that we each truly live LIVES OF UNCERTAINTY.Now think about the uncertainty of what lies ahead after this life . . . we are surrounded by death every day, a news cast doesn’t go by without the report of a fatal accident or a murder.
Neither you nor I know what tomorrow truly holds, or if we will be even here to see it.
So, what awaits us when we are ushered into eternity via death???
Some say we return to dust, others say we come back on this earth as something or someone else, but the Bible, which has NEVER been proven wrong, says that each one of us will spend ALL of ETERNITY either in a place called Heaven, a paradise, or a place called Hell, a place of utter torment and pain.
When it comes to what happens after death, we can be 100% sure, based upon what the Bible teaches, of a few different things . . .
First, EVERYONE will die. . . Hebrews 9:27 says,
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Once death comes, and it will come, you and I will go on into eternity.
Secondly, EVERYONE has already punched their ticket for hell. . . when we read together Romans 3:23 which says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and Romans 6:23 which says, “For the wages of sin is death” we come to some simple, but sorrowful truths:
- Each one of us is a sinner—-we prove it daily don’t we?
- Each one of us in and of ourselves “fall short” of the righteousness and holiness demanded for entrance into Heaven.
- Each one of us face the “wage” or cost of our sin—death, eternal separation from a loving, holy God. The sad reality is that in and of ourselves we are without hope of escaping hell when we die—we are 100% assured of going there. But there is HOPE in Jesus Christ . . .
Thirdly, EVERYONE can gain Heaven through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for all of mankind. . . one of the best verses in all the Bible is found in John 3:16 which states,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Yes, that is right, God loves everyone! And because He does, He has lovingly and graciously made a way for you and I to escape hell and gain Heaven—we can be 100% sure that when we die, Heaven will be our eternal home! Romans 5:8 adds a little more:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
The love of God for EVERY ONE of us was demonstrated in Jesus Christ coming to earth, living a perfect life, and dying on a cross for your sins and mine. Though my sins and your sins condemn us to hell, the love of God has opened the gates of Heaven for each and every one of us.
So, HOW can YOU be 100% sure that you will be in Heaven for all of eternity??? It’s pretty simple.
EVERYONE can know for SURE
. . . the Bible says that anyone can be saved, escape hell and gain Heaven, through faith in Christ alone. Acts 16:31 says,
“…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…”
All you must do is lift your heart to God in prayer, expressing to Him that you realize you are a sinner and that your sin makes you deserving of hell, that you understand that Jesus died for you and made a way for you to gain Heaven, and that, in this moment, you confess your sins and trust Jesus as your personal Savior. As you express this to Him and mean it from your heart, you can be 100% sure that you will spend all of eternity in Heaven! There is no greater peace than to know that Heaven awaits once death ushers us from this life . . . if you have trusted Christ today, won’t you please let us know by sending us a note via email or give us a call as we would like to rejoice with you in your decision to trust Christ.