by James Merritt

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Heaven: One Way And One Way Only (6 of 7)
James Merritt
John 14:1-6


1. There are so many songs about heaven; so many thoughts about heaven. One song just asked the question, "How far is heaven?" The answer is that heaven can be as close as your heart or it can be an eternity away.

2. Contrary to one world view that says that the only heaven there is, is the happiness that we experience here on earth, Jesus Christ definitely believed in a place called heaven. In the very passage that we are looking at today, He told his disciples -
"In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 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, NASB)

The Bible itself ends in the Book of Revelation talking about a new heaven and a new earth where God's people will live forever together with Him.

3. Assuming that both the Son of God and the Word of God tells the truth about heaven, the even bigger question is this - How does one get there? The predominant world view of the 21st century is that there are many ways to get to heaven and that one way is just as good as another and no way is better than the other. Interestingly enough, most people who do believe in heaven believe they are going there. In a recent poll by Fox News, 85% of Americans said they believed in heaven. and more than 87% of Americans believed that they were most likely to go to heaven--only 13% thought they might not make it.

4. When I read surveys like that I am reminded of the teacher who was teaching her kids how to spell. She told the class she wanted each one of them to tell what their father did for a living and then spell his occupation. A girl named Mary went first. She said, "My dad is a baker. B-A-K-E-R. If he were here, he would give everyone a cookie."

5. Next came Tommy. He sai ...

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