Question: What do the following people below have in common with approximately another 54,750,000 lesser known people worldwide?
Ronnie James Dio
Captain Phil Harris
Answer: They all passed away in 2010 and are now spending eternity somewhere.
I wonder how many of them...
* Knew they were going to die the day they died?
* Wondered if there was life after death?
* Believed that their good deeds (works) would earn them a place in Heaven?
* Never gave a second thought about the things of eternity?
* Believed that there was no God and the only place they were going was 6' beneath the nice manicured grass?
What about you?
Do you know for certain that if you died today where you will spend eternity?
Is there a way to know?
Jesus said in John 3:3, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus said we must be 'born again.'
Why? Why must we be born again to see the Kingdom of God?
Simple - You have broken God's Law; the Ten Commandments.
If you are honest, you will say that you have lied (9th Commandment), you have stolen something sometime in your life (8th Commandment), you probably have coveted (10th Commandment), looked with lust at someone (7th Commandment), probably have taken the Lord's Name in vain (3rd Commandment).
These are just Five of the Ten Commandments. If you have broken just one of them, you are guilty of breaking them all.
Because you have broken God's Law's, you will have to answer for that one day when you die. And you will die won't you? Hebrews 9:27 says, And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment."
You are going to have to stand before a Holy and Righteous Judge on judgment day; God. And it's not just you either. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”
When your standing there before God on judgment day, your are going to have to pay for your sins (breaking the Law). The Bible says in Romans 6:23. "The wages of sin is death...." This 'death', is not just only an eternal separation from God, but eternity in hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in the lake of fire.
But there is hope.
2000 years ago, God did something truly amazing. He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, born of a virgin to be a sacrifice on your behalf. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
There it is!
You need to be made righteous before God. How do you do that?
Repent of your sins. Acts 17:30, "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent"
Repent and turn from your sins. and call on the name of Jesus. Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Pray to the God who gave you your first life to give a second life. This is the only way to have everlasting life with God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
God's Word is true.
Repent of your sins and call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved.
Please, do this today; because you don't know if 2011 will be the year you leave this life and enter eternity forever.