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Going Up

A few years ago, a TV ad for life insurance showed a businessman walking across a busy city street. He leaped for the curb as a car veered toward him. Somewhat ruffled, he said, “That was close! I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Suddenly two men in white suits joined him on the busy street, and one of them said, “You didn’t!”

As the three men began walking together, the businessman remarked that at least he had peace of mind because his family was covered by insurance. But the real punchline came at the end of the ad. While the man and his two escorts were riding an escalator up into the clouds, he said with relief, “I’m sure glad we’re going up!”

That last line was meant to provide some comic relief, but for the thoughtful person it raises the serious issue of heaven and hell. It reminds us of Jesus’ words in John 5:17-30 that not all people are “going up.” He said that some would experience “the resurrection of life” and others “the resurrection of condemnation” (v.29). Jesus is the only One who can give eternal life to all who trust in Him.

Have you considered God’s offer of salvation? Why not put your trust in Christ today? You will then be able to say with confidence, “I’m sure glad I’m going up!”

If God is calling you today,
Then trust in Christ without delay;
Tomorrow it may be too late,
For death's grim hand could seal your fate. —Sper

Why we are here is important; where we are going is most important.