JESUS IS THE KEY
Our church in Easton, Pa., has been blessed with an amazing pastor, Rev. Blake Heffner, who continually inspires us to grow in our faith as he preaches the Word of God. Pastor Blake loves the Lord with all his heart as you will read in the passage below. He has given me permission to post this segment from his incredible message on Heaven. Be blessed as all glory and honor be unto our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“The only questions you and I will be asked at the pearly gates are: Do you have the Son? Is Jesus Christ your Savior and the Lord of your life? Have you been washed in the blood of the Lamb? Do you have a personal relationship with the Good Shepherd?
Jesus himself prayed: “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). To know him is to know that he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – that he died so that we may live. He came to seek and to save the lost – that includes you and me, friends. On Good Friday, he appeared to tragically lose the struggle with the powers of this world, but on Sunday morning, he rose again in victory over death and sin and evil. And now he is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, just waiting for the right time to come again in ultimate triumph!
My friends, to know Jesus Christ is to love him. Do you love him? To love him is to obey him and serve him. Is that your aim in life? And when we serve him, when we suffer with those around us, we begin to long for him to come again and fix what is broken with this world. And, if we have the Son – that is trust him and love him and serve him, we are assured of sharing in his victory. When he comes, the Bible declares we shall see him and be like him, and we shall reign with him!
Is this your story? Is this your song? I love how it’s expressed in the old gospel hymn: “Blessed assurance Jesus is mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.” Let’s sing the refrain together: This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long.”
Rev. Dr. Blake R. Heffner
St. John’s Church on Morgan Hill