Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment.”
I was driving the other day, and looked into my rear view mirror and noticed a State Patrol car following me. That doesn’t usually get me excited, but on that particular day, it did. The reason was, not only was he following me, he had his blue lights on and I understood that as a signal to pull over, which I did immediately.
Upon approaching the car, he asked me if I was in a hurry and I responded, “No sir. Not at all.” He explained to me that I was driving at a speed that was greater than the posted speed limit allowed.
Well, after my explanation to him that I believed the speed limit was 70, he informed me that behind me the speed limit had changed to 65 and that I was exceeding that and then some. He took my driver’s license and proof of insurance and went back to his car and in about five minutes, he handed me a $175 ticket. I thanked him and went on my way.
As I was driving to my destination, I was replaying in my mind just where that sign was located, and I could not remember seeing it. So, after my meeting was over, I re-traced my route and sure enough, there is no sign indicating the speed change.
I went back over my route again, this time recording my journey on my cell phone camera and there is no speed sign. My wife drives the same route every day and I asked her to look for the sign and she also tells me there is no sign. So my question is, can a person be cited for “driving above the speed limit” when there is not a speed limit sign posted? I don’t think so, and so I am going to go to traffic court, for the first time in about 15 years, and make my case. I will stand before a judge and explain my side of the story and hope that he agrees and that I won’t have to pay the fine or have the points on my license.
According to Hebrews 9:27, we all will stand before a Judge one of these days. After we die, we will meet the Judge of judges, the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. And He will ask us two questions. One of those questions will be, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?”
Think about that for a moment. Why should Jesus let you into His Heaven? If you call yourself a Christian, you might give all the “correct” answers we are told will get us into Heaven. (We have been baptized, a member of the church, treat others good, live a good life, don’t cheat, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery, don’t do this or that, we are good church members, we invite the preacher over for Sunday dinner once in awhile, etc. You can put your own explanation here.)
And do you know what Jesus is going to say to you? He will say, “Depart from me, I never knew you.” Now, if you are not going to spend your eternity in His Heaven, where do you think your eternity will be spent? Right. In hell. Is that where you want to spend eternity? I know that I don’t.
The only way to Heaven is through Jesus and accepting Him as your Savior. He died for you. He paid your sin debt. He paid your “speeding tickets” as you race through life, and if you will admit to Him that you are a sinner, and believe that He died for your sins and ask Him to save you, the Bible tells us that He will. (See Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:9-10; Romans 10:9-10; and Romans 10:13.) In those verses is God’s plan of salvation for us — His creation. And if we will ask Him to save us, He will.
See, it’s not what we tell the Judge (Jesus) that matters. It’s what the Judge (Jesus) tells us that we have to do and Jesus tells us we have to be saved in order to spend our eternity with Him in His Heaven.
And that is Something to Think About for this week.
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Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.