by Jerry Watts

The Way to Heaven
Jerry Watts
John 3:1-8

Professional golfer Paul Azinger was diagnosed with cancer at age 33. He had just won a PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit. He wrote, ''A genuine feeling of fear came over me. I could die from cancer. Then another reality hit me even harder. I'm going to die eventually anyway, whether from cancer or something else. It's just a question of when. Everything I had accomplished in golf became meaningless to me. All I wanted to do was live.'' Then he remembered something that Larry Moody, who teaches a Bible study on the tour, had said to him. ''Zinger, we're not in the land of the living going to the land of the dying. We're in the land of the dying trying to get to the land of the living.'' Golfer Paul Azinger recovered from chemotherapy and returned to the PGA tour. He's done pretty well. But that bout with cancer deepened his perspective. He wrote, ''I've made a lot of money since I've been on the tour, and I've won a lot of tournaments, but that happiness is always temporary. The only way you will ever have true contentment is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I'm not saying that nothing ever bothers me and I don't have problems, but I feel like I've found the answer to the six-foot hole.'' I ask you, ''Have you found the answer to that 6' hole?

Please make no mistake, every person is headed for a grave and unless Jesus returns again, you and I will pass from this life into eternity - to face God and His judgment. The Bible says, ''It is appointed unto man once to die and after that, judgment'' which means, at death, last breath, destination is set - heaven or hell, death or life. As far as I know, no one desires an eternity in hell, but candidly seek to go to heaven. The issue is that many desire a 'shortcut' to heaven. Jesus says, there is none.

Finding the answer to the question ''How do I go to heaven'' is a search placed in the heart of every person by creator God, who ...

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