Before Jesus of Nazareth, humanity didn’t have much to look forward to. Why do I say this? Everyone was dying.
What good was life if that’s all there was? A few years of pleasure and pain, and then it’s all over. What’s the point?
Now if you were of the ancient Hebrews, you had a hope about this sort of thing. You had prophets who would say things on behalf of God like “I know the plans I have for you to give you a future and a hope.” Sure, some people just took this to mean that God would give a person something to be happy about in this life. But the words actually carried greater import because the future God was planning on giving was an extension of life beyond death…way beyond it…into eternity!
This is what Jesus Christ brought about when He was crucified and raised from the dead three days later. We sure do have a future now. In fact, Everyone Is Going to Heaven. Doesn’t that make you want to mend your life and live for your Creator?
Notice that I am not saying you should repent so that you can go to heaven. Rather, I am saying you should repent because you are going to heaven. That is, your repentance is not something you do to earn your way into heaven. You don’t earn it; you’re going there no matter what. Instead, your repentance is your way of saying “Thank You” to God.
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