Tell the story (As shared by Donald Burns): There was a man who sees another man with a
ticket to heaven, and the man demanded a portion of his ticket.
(At the open end of
the paper, cut a piece off, bottom to top, and hand it to the demanding man.) So
the man gave him a piece of his ticket. The demanding man decided that if he had
just a little more of
the ticket, he would receive more rewards in Heaven. (At the open end, bottom to top, cut off another piece and give
it to him.) The demanding man with the pieces of the ticket went before God
and presented it to him. God said, "This ticket shows me that you are not
my son." (Use the cut pieces to spell out 'hell'.) Then, the
man who gave the pieces away, presented his ticket to God. (Unfold the large
paper to reveal the cross.) God said to him, "This shows that you are my
son. Welcome to Heaven!"
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through
(John 14:6). Jesus suffered and sacrificed himself on the cross for
our sins. He offers us the only way to heaven. Do you have your ticket?
Editor's Note: This story illustrates that we cannot get to heaven
on our own merits, or anyone else's for that matter. Being born into a "Christian" home, knowing the right people, or behaving a certain way, doesn't get you to heaven. Only Jesus has the power to cleanse us of our sins and make us presentable to God.
Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
would like to receive God's free gift, then admit to God that you are a sinner in need of forgiveness, and you
believe that he sent his only Son, Jesus, to die for your sins so you can
have eternal life.
Read John 3:16.
Ask God to help you
follow him. Read his Word daily so you will grow in wisdom
and knowledge. A good place to begin reading the Bible is the Gospel of John or the book of Romans.
*Sinner means, one who misses the mark of perfection. God cannot have
imperfection in his perfect presence. He provided our rescue!
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