My dad had an extensive library in his office at church. Many times, I would accompany him on Saturdays. He would study for the sermon he was going to preach the next day, and I, after mowing the church lawn, would sit quietly in his office and read some of the books he had. When he passed away, I was pleasantly surprised to find that he had left me a number of those books!
This morning, I’m going to share a passage from one called, “Bible Facts About HEAVEN-Sweet Home of the Lord Jesus and Departed Saints” by Dr. John R. Rice. Dr. Rice, used to write many articles for THE SWORD OF THE LORD-a small newspaper that was a regular in our home.
I woke up this morning asking God what I should blog about today. He lead me to this book…and this particular chapter. I share it now with you. -anita
“How to get to Heaven is the question that has burdened men’s hearts in every clime and every age since Adam sinned. Every heathen religion has its Heaven of some kind, a place of blessedness hereafter, to be earnestly desired and sought for. Whether it is called “The Happy Hunting Ground” or “Nirvana” or something else, men long for Heaven.
To make sure of gaining Heaven men have brought gifts to witch doctors, made sacrifices to their gods, paid money to priests and tortured themselves with unspeakable pains. Men have offered their sons into the fiery iron arms of Moloch; women have thrown their babies to the crocodiles of the Ganges River, hoping to gain Heaven. Pilgrims have traversed burning deserts to bow at Mecca; crusaders have fought their way to Jerusalem to gain the assurance of peace and forgiveness hereafter. The fasting vigils of monks in their cells, the deeds of penitents who climbed stone stairs on bare knees, and millions of prayers have been with a hope of gaining Heaven. Men seek a way to Heaven in the waters of baptism, in the confessional box, or in the bread and wine of the Lords’ Supper. They seek Heaven by lodge rites, by giving gifts to the poor, and by righteous deeds. Every human hearts longs to make sure of blessedness and peace and happiness hereafter.
BUT NOT ONE OF THESE IS THE WAY TO HEAVEN!
In the fourteenth chapter of John, Jesus said: “I am THE WAY, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by ME.”
Jesus said in the book of Matthew chapter eleven, “Come unto ME, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
How can a man today make sure of Heaven? …Simply trust Christ for forgiveness. Receive HIM into your heart and then rest your soul upon HIS good word. He said, “Him that cometh to ME I will in wise cast out.”
Jesus Himself is the way to Heaven and if you trust HIM to take you there, your soul is safe for a happy eternity.”
By: Dr. John R. Rice