It is that time of the year for Judgement Houses.  Churches or other groups come together to create a walk-through gospel presentation that is intended to compete with a haunted house.  Although different groups use a different script, every Judgement House that I have seen follows the same flow.  First, characters are introduced.  A tragedy occurs.  Some characters find themselves in Hell and others in Heaven.

There were things that I really appreciated in every Judgment House I have seen.  1) There are consequences for our actions.  2) We need Jesus’ forgiveness.  We cannot save ourselves.  3) Don’t delay.  There is no guarantee for more time.

But there could be some improvement.  Although they did teach that we need a relationship with Jesus, it would appear that Heaven is our reward. The consequence for not accepting Jesus is Hell.  But when I study the Bible, I see Christians who don’t follow Jesus so that they could go the Heaven.  They followed the Jesus so that they could know Jesus.  Jesus changes their life immediately.  He doesn’t wait until death.

A few years ago, I was asked, “Christian, would you still desire Heaven (a beautiful place without problems, etc.) as much if Jesus wasn’t going to be there?”

As first, I didn’t know how to answer.  I don’t like the struggles of this life.  So the concept of a life without struggles is very appealing to me.  But over the last few years, I come realize how important Jesus is to me.  I don’t want to be anywhere without Him (even a perfect place.) For example, focusing has been difficult ever since surgery.  I asked God to return the ability to focus.  The small voice in my head said, “Why?  It reminds you of how much you need Jesus.”  Since then, I have been thanking my God for the reminder that I can depend on Him. He is more important than my ability and Heaven.

I hope and pray that you realize that you need Jesus too.  He is more than a ticket to Heaven.  He is the reason that Heaven is as good as it is.  I pray that you can become like the dog in following story. (Sorry, I don’t remember where I heard it.)

A businessman and his client were in his home office, while his dog was outside barking at the door.  The businessman apologist to the client.  He said, “I sorry that my dog is so loud.  I don’t understand why he thinks he should be in here.  He is never allowed in my office.”

His client says, “I understand.  My dog isn’t allowed in my office either.  Because he knows me and wants to be with me, he wants to be whenever I am (even my office).”

The dog didn’t know what was in the office (only who.)  I don’t know what is in Heaven, but  I know Who will be there.  I am excited because when I died, Heaven won’t be my reward. Jesus will be.  I will live forever with him.

I trust that Jesus is life- here on Earth and in Heaven.  

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – Jesus in John 11:25-26

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