What If Today Is Your Last Day?

Imagine you feel a flutter in your heart and start getting light headed. You realize you’re having a heart attack. You’re rushed to the hospital but not in time.

You never know if you’ll see tomorrow. The question is, when you finally leave this life,

Will you go to Heaven?

Proverbs 27:1 CSB

[1] Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.

Hebrews 9:27-28 CSB

[27] And just as it is appointed for people to die once-and after this, judgment- [28] so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The ABC’s of Salvation

A – Admit or acknowledge that you’ve sinned against God.

Romans 3:10 CSB

[10] as it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one.

Romans 3:23-24 CSB

[23] For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. [24] They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

We have all sinned against God and in sin, we are sentenced to death.

Romans 6:23 CSB

[23] For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 9:22 CSB

[22] According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

The sacrifices in the Old Testament were a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ who would die once and for all to pay the wages of sin on our behalf, death.

B – Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord and that God the Father raised Him from the dead.

C – Call upon the name of the Lord;

Confess Him as Lord

Acts 16:29-31 CSB

[29] The jailer called for lights, rushed in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. [30] He escorted them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” [31] They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-you and your household.”

Romans 10:9-13 CSB

[9] If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. [11] For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame, [12] since there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, because the same Lord of all richly blesses all who call on him. [13] For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

John 3:16-17 CSB

[16] For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

By faith in Jesus Christ we are washed clean of our sins, forgiven, reconciled to God and given eternal life!

What now?

Galatians 2:20 CSB

[20] I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

2 Corinthians 5:17 CSB

[17] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

Matthew 16:24-26 CSB

[24] Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. [25] For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it. [26] For what will it benefit someone if he gains the whole world yet loses his life? Or what will anyone give in exchange for his life?

John 15:1-17 CSB

[1] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. [2] Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. [3] You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. [4] Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. [6] If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. [7] If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. [8] My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples. [9] “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. [10] If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. [11] “I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. [12] “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. [13] No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. [17] “This is what I command you: Love one another.

As it says in Galatians 2:20, when we turn to Jesus as Lord in faith and repentance, our old sinful self has been crucified with Him. It is no longer we who live, but Christ in us. He works in us and through us now. In John 15 we see that we are unable to do anything for Him on our own, it is He that does the work in us and through us to His glory. We can now confidently and joyfully step out in faith and follow our Lord knowing that our salvation is secure in Him, we have been set free from sin and death and He sustains us as we remain and abide in Him and His Word.

If you have received Christ by faith, you have new and eternal life with Him forever. Your sins are forgiven and you are no longer under the judgement and condemnation of the law of God. You are now in His grace and mercy clothed in the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ because in Him the requirements of the law are fulfilled. God no longer sees you and your sins, He sees Jesus Christ covering you and by His blood that He shed for you and for me on the cross, your sins have been washed away.

This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey with your King.

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