As we rounded the take-off ramp I browsed all the bodies that filled each seat.
Are you saved? I whispered.
Prayers for myself quickly changed to prayers for the souls that surrounded me.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. John 3:16-21
The ultimate question is whether or not someone knows Jesus Christ--do they know The Way?
Scripture continually repeats which way to go. It doesn't leave you wondering, or guessing--never changing, always pointing to Jesus. No one comes to the Father except through the Son.
No other way.
The reality of this life is that the time of death is unknown.
Are you saved?
Do you know where you are going to go when you die?
I know too many people who either don't, or only hope that their end will be with God--ultimately claiming that Jesus Christ is not sufficient. And what good is either?
I heard a story last week that has been playing over and over again in my mind.
More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank. Most of us have seen the movie--the final scenes of horror, panic, and fear; a mere depiction.
John Harper was a passenger, fighting through the masses he was said to have cried out: "Women, children and the unsaved to the lifeboats!"
One man refused the offer of salvation and Harper gave him his life vest. "You need this more than I do." he said.
Reported by CBNNEWS, even after the ship went down, Harper managed to swim to as many people as he could, begging them to give their lives to Christ.
One survivor later told how he turned down Harper's offer for salvation once, but gave himself to Christ minutes later when the preacher swam back to tell him again, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and thou shalt be saved."
The man was rescued by a returning lifeboat and later shared his story at an Ontario church, telling the crowd, "I am the last convert of John Harper."
...Last week I stood in a line. Two women: one saved the other I knew was not.
Do you know where you are going to go after you die? I asked.
Her eyes danced around, having been put on the spot.
It was all about being good, doing good, and helping fellow-man. Wrapping her answer in pretty paper, tied-up with a bow, the ultimate answer to my question was a no.
I told her there was power in His name and that she could be saved. Her past could be forgiven and that His promise was trustworthy. That no could be yes and in His glory she could reign with Him and have rest. You only need Jesus.
I blog about God because I am amiss a people who are going down with a sinking ship without having received salvation. I know the severity of the topic because I once was on the cruise of luxury only to find myself sinking.
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Be saved from the sinking ship. Get in the lifeboat.