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Remember Me in Heaven (11 of 14)
Luke 23:32-43, 47-49
INTRO: Everybody wants to go to heaven! Some religions try and make it easy, they simply proclaim that there is no hell; therefore everyone goes to heaven automatically. In other religions high price tags may be required, or maybe lots of good works, or big financial gifts might get you in. Men keep trying to come up with clever ways to be eternal but they ignore the best and only way – the gift of God through Jesus Christ, which comes by faith through grace!
ILLUS: ONE OF THE CRAZIEST WAYS MAN HAS AHEMPTED TO MAKE A STATEMENT OF GOING ON FOREVER WAS BACK IN 1987. A GROUP CALLED THE CELESTIS GROUP OF MELBOURNE, FLORIDA WAS GRANTED FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR A PRIVATELY FINANCED LAUNCH OF A ROCKET IN THE EARLY PART OF 1987 WITH A NOSE CONE FILLED WITH THE ASHES OF 10,330 PAYING CUSTOMERS. EACH PERSON'S ASHES WERE TO BE CHEMICALLY TREATED TO FIT INSIDE A 2 BY 5/8 INCH TITANIUM CAPSULE AND LOADED INTO THIS NOSECONE ON A ROCKET. IT WOULD BE PUT INTO AN ORBIT 1,900 MILES HIGH, AND THE CONE WILL BE SURFACED WITH A VERY REFELCTIVE SURFACE SO THAT IT IS VISIBLE TO EARTHBOUND RELATIVES ... THEY HOWEVER WILL NOT QUITE BE THERE FOR ETERNITY, THE ORBIT WILL DECAY AND THEY WILL CRASH TO EARTH AGAIN IN ABOUT 63 MILLION YEARS ... IF IT IS EVER LAUNCHED THAT IS! IT STILL HASN'T BEEN! SO MUCH FOR MAN'S CONCEPT OF ETERNITY! – SOURCE UNKNOWN
It is a good thing that God chose the method of salvation for gaining heaven; if it had been good works most people would actually be lost because it would mean that our good works would have to be greater than our bad works – this of course would eliminate last minute salvations since there wouldn't be enough time to get in enough good works, or we would always be wondering if our tally of good works was large enough over our bad works. You would never know if you are saved until you stood before God and saw the totals! Good works is a lousy ...
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