Only Two Destinations (John 5:28, 29)

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A father and his son were reading epitaphs on some of gravestones in a cemetery. Every inscription seemed to indicate that the deceased was in a state of bliss. After a time, the boy asked, “Daddy, where are all the wicked people buried?”

In spite of the impression one might receive from the engravings on tombstones, not everyone who dies goes to heaven. Jesus made that clear. He said that “all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation” (John 5:28, 29).

What makes the difference? Jesus said, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).

Those who acknowledge their sinfulness, recognize their inability to save themselves, and place their trust in Christ are saved and go to heaven. But those who continue to reject Him are lost and go to the place “prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

If you have never admitted your sin and your helplessness to save yourself, ask Christ to save you today. Make sure your destination is heaven. – Richard W. De Haan

What folly when we fail to see

That we must face eternity!

Each human soul will either know

Eternal bliss or endless woe. – D. J. De Haan

The sinner has only two options: to be pardoned or to be punished.

  • September 20, 1990, Our Daily Bread
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