article4Book A Seat In Heaven! By: Evangelist Paul Acquah For all believers in Christ, physical death just means absent from the body and their spirits find themselves present with the Lord. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”. (2 Cor 5:8) Unfortunately, the opposite is true for the unbeliever in Christ when he or she dies. For the unbeliever, absent from the body means present in hell. It is an instantaneous journey to hell. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. (Luke 16:22- 23) There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. (Luke 13:28-29) Those who book their seats through Christ Jesus will be in good company, sitting with God almighty and kingdom citizens in heaven. So how does one book a seat in heaven? The gospel of Christ was first delivered by God the father Himself after Adam and Eve sinned. In His message, there was a promise to punish Satan, the tempter, and redeem mankind through the sacrificial blood of Jesus. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel”. (Gen 3:15) Thousands of years later, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, was born by the virgin Mary in a City called Bethlehem. He came as a lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29) He came as our substitute to die for our sins, and His death and resurrection reformed the old sacrificial system to pave the way for new lives. The power of sin has been destroyed by His death and resurrection and He puts His righteousness into all who receive Him as their personal saviour, without which no one can see God and for that matter have a seat in heaven. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2Cor 5:17, 21) Christ has invited everyone to come to Him for eternal life, which is life with Christ, life with God and life in heaven. The invitation is to everyone young or old, and you don’t need any qualification for He will by no means cast out anyone who comes to Him. “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me”. (John 6:37-38) Jesus, God’s sinless son, was born as a human. He died on the cross in our place and rose from the dead. We can choose life with God or death separated from Him. We are assured of our seat in heaven when we make a decision to accept Jesus as our Lord and saviour. The Bible says that it is appointed onto men once to die and after death judgment. (Heb 9:27) Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son, has launched the only way to heaven that is led by Him. He said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” Jesus spoke of what takes place immediately after death. For the true Christian, it is instantaneous journey to heaven. This instantaneous journey, which takes place when believers in Christ die, is in partnership with Angels. For the Bible says when Lazarus died, he was carried by Angels to Abraham’s bosom (heaven). So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. (Luke 16:22) And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 8:11) All true Christians will be carried to heaven, a golden city housing many mansions built by Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth. Jesus said: “In My Father’s house are mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also”. (John 14: 2-3) I encourage you to seek the road to heaven. Everyone will answer to God, the great judge of Heaven and earth. Do not despise the faithful word of God because you will not escape the consequences if you neglect such a great salvation. The Most Important Decision The most important decision or action to take is to surrender your life to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. You can do this right now. Pray this prayer below speaking each word out from your heart. Dear Lord: I recognise that I am a sinner and need to be saved. I understand that Jesus died in my place and suffered the judgment of all of my sins. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead and He is at the right hand of the father. Lord Jesus, I surrender my Life to you. Come and Live in my heart and be my Lord and saviour. Thank You for saving me. AMEN! Please contact us if you prayed this prayer. You may also contact us if you need prayers. God Bless You!