My ten-year-old grandson is a smart guy. If I told him that no matter what he does in life, just live life to the fullest and you will always have a billion dollars in the bank, would he believe such a tall tale? I would hope not. If I told you that no matter what you do in this life, you will go to heaven, would you believe such a tall tale? Again, I would hope not. But this foolish belief is considered wise by some of the smartest people in the world.
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is the power of God to us who are being saved. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will set aside the intelligence of the intelligent. … Hasn’t God made the world’s wisdom foolish?” (1 Corinthians 3:18-20).
So if everyone is going to heaven regardless of their actions or beliefs, then it was unnecessary for Jesus to die on the cross. Therefore, it is considered foolish for Jesus to have died on the cross. But God has chosen this so-called foolishness to be the wisest thing one can believe. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, died in your place, so you could believe in Him and be saved.
If I had a billion dollars in the bank, that means someone else put it there. I could not earn that much money in several lifetimes. See, that’s what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He earned my salvation for me. By faith in Him, He credits salvation into my account. Therefore, the only way to go to heaven is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and receive His salvation as a gift.
The world offers a wide 20-lane interstate highway to heaven so you can choose to run in any lane you choose, but it leads to hell. Jesus offers a single path, a sidewalk, a narrow way, His way, which few choose, that leads to heaven. Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
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