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Monday, February 8, 2010

A Question about Life after Death

There was a young man who was concerned about his eternal destiny. He came to Jesus and asked a very important question about life after death. You see, he recognized that a good life is not determined by the abundance of the things that he possessed. Therefore, he wanted to know without a doubt what he needs to do to have eternal life.

This I believe was commendable because he came to the right source for the answer. Unfortunately, so often we go to the wrong source with the hope of hearing about the good deeds that we must perform, only to be disappointed and frustrated, because our good works cannot buy us a ticket to Heaven.

As I see it, people would rather wait until they are old before they give this question any serious thought. However, the conversation with Jesus revealed some very serious implications and laid out the path that we must all follow to ensure our eternal security.

The Young man said to Jesus: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”  

Jesus replied: “Why ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. But to answer your question, if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”

The Young man responded: “Which ones?” 

Jesus said: You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Young man replied: “I’ve obeyed all these commandments, what else must I do?”

Jesus told him: “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

However, when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. I’ll say it again, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

The disciples were astounded and asked: “Then who in the world can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them intently and said: “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Then Peter said to Jesus: “We’ve given up everything to follow You. What will we get?”

Jesus replied: “I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon His glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for My sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

However, many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws which govern your relationship with God. Learn more...

Father, I thank you for commending your love toward me when I was yet a sinner by sending your Son to die for me. You loved me so much that You willingly sacrificed Your only begotten Son for me, and now, because I believe in Him, I know that I will not perish, but have everlasting life. Enjoy this selection "Worthy is the Lamb" from Hillsong.

Thank you Lord, I am saved.

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