The Way to Heaven :: John Lysaught

When we navigate through life, we need a destination to reach, a point of completion in our lives. One must first decide what the destination is in order to begin the journey. Christians have a destination, and that is Heaven with our Lord Jesus and Father. Nonbelievers have a destination, and that is hell.

Jesus is our way. He is the only way to Heaven. Through Him is our access to God the Father. There is no other way to Heaven or access to a relationship with God. No matter how much unbelievers try and search and search, they will not find their way to Heaven, but will find their way to hell.

In John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” This doesn’t say by good works, by living a good life, by being kind to others, etc., but says through Jesus. There is no way around this. No loopholes, no shortcuts, or by any other means but through Jesus. If one does not go through Jesus to go to the Father, they are destined for hell.

The world wants people to think differently. Society (those that say there is an afterlife) wants people to believe that they don’t need Christ to attain life everlasting in Heaven. The world tells people if they live good lives and are good people then they will get to Heaven. This is a lie. This is a lie from Satan to snare and trap people to go with him to hell. And people believe this lie!

Look at Romans 10: 9-13:

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

A belief in Jesus is all that is needed. There are no footnotes or strings attached to this. A heartfelt belief is all that is needed. So simple, right? So why is it so hard for people to accept this truth? Where is the difficulty in this? It is from our sinful, rebellious nature and the lies of Satan!

Don’t listen to the lies of Satan. Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with the Father (John 14:6). He is our Savior of this desolate world. He is so awesome that when we stop and take a few moments to ponder this, the awe of Him is almost too much to fathom.

We see in John 6:44 that Jesus tells us, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

That word draw? In Greek it means to “drag,” much like dragging a sack of rocks from one point to another. When we are dragged to Jesus, one of two things will happen: we will respond positively or negatively. We say yes or no to the calling of Salvation.  We choose the world or Jesus.

When we say yes to Jesus, our eternity changes in an instant. We are no longer damned to hell but destined for heaven. It is through our acceptance of the Way that we have access to the Father.  Through our conversion we become sons of God, heirs to Him and joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).

You get that? We are part of God’s family when we accept the free gift of Grace through Jesus. We become adopted sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:5) and therefore become heirs to Him in eternity.  What a great thing this is when we accept the gift of Salvation!

Remember that Salvation is a gift to us and we can accept or deny this gift. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” You notice something here? It is said “not of yourselves.” This means that we cannot do anything to affect our salvation.

Verse 9 says, “Not of works.” Nothing one does can earn him or her salvation. Good works, good living, good giving, etc., does nothing for us to earn Salvation. We cannot put a deposit down on Heaven. We could do good deeds and live wholesome lives every single day, but without Jesus as our Savior, without accepting His free gift, we are destined to hell.

This makes nonbelievers angry. They don’t think a loving God would send these types of people to hell.  What they don’t understand is that God is also a just God and people send themselves to hell.

God is a just God. In His justice towards man, it is the sentence of death to those who sin against Him.  And you know what? We are all sinners, and committing sin is unlawful in the eyes of God. We all deserve damnation for sinning against God, but God has mercy on us through the sacrifice of His Son because He loves us and wants us as His own (John 3:16).

God can’t have a relationship with us because of sin, but through Jesus as our sin sacrifice, we are washed clean of sin and are therefore sinless in the eyes of God. This is paramount to our faith. Through our belief and faith in Jesus, our destination to hell changes to heaven.

The world hates us because of this. They hate God; and since we are children and heirs of God, they, by default, hate us.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for Jesus to call us to our real home with Him. We wait patiently and eagerly for Him to meet us in the air. We are expectantly waiting for that blink of an eye when we will be changed and will leave this horrid world. This will be a momentous occasion in world history. And for those left behind? Well, there are hard times coming then.

We all get to choose our path. God will drag us to Jesus, but it is our choice to answer yes or no to Him.  We choose which way we go: to heaven or hell. We don’t deserve grace; but God gives it freely through His Son whom He gave to be a sacrifice for our sins so that we would be reconciled through Jesus unto God.

What will you do? If you are saved, urge those close to you to heed the call of God. If you are investigating this thing we call Christianity, time is getting short to make that decision. Get off the fence and jump into Christ and what He offers to all of us sinners.

We all make a choice of our destiny. It is which way we want to go, up to heaven or down to hell. Not choosing the way of Christ will lead to hell. Choosing Jesus leads to heaven.

If you want Jesus in your life, now is the moment to ask Him to forgive your sins and accept His free gift of Grace. This is the most important decision to make in your life: heaven or hell. I pray those of you who are reading this choose Jesus.