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GLMX #204: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17: If You Were to Die Today, Where Would You Go — Heaven or Hell? [Listen in 50 Languages]
The current ongoing flare-up in violence between Israel and Gaza reminds us of how dangerous and fragile our world is. Our hearts go out for the innocent men, women, and children who are caught in the crossfire on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, and we hope and pray that the fighting will end swiftly so that peace and normalcy will return.
One of the tactics that the Israeli military has used throughout the conflict in order to help save lives is by sending warnings to residents who live in areas close to targets the military is going to strike. These warnings to evacuate have been issued via automated phone calls, text messages, and leaflets dropped from planes. Those who take heed to the fair warnings stand a better chance of surviving the warfare. Those who don’t put their own lives at risk.
In our society, we value the benefits of a fair warning. We have tornado warning systems that sound off telling people that they need to get to shelter as quickly as possible. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center monitors the effects of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire and lets communities know when they need to warn people to move to higher ground. We rely on weather forecasts in order to determine how we need to prepare for the next day or the next week. If we take heed to the fair warnings that we receive, we can stay out of a lot of trouble and avoid many tragic situations.
Thankfully, we have also been given fair warning about the greatest tragedy that can befall any one of us. That tragedy is the eternal consequences of our sins and the rejection of a free gift that can deliver us from those consequences. When a group of religious people came to John the Baptist to be baptized, John asked them, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
God’s Word gives us ample warning of the wrath to come. This wrath will be the righteous outpouring of justice on those who do not repent of their sins and who reject salvation through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible says that “in flaming fire,” [God] will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [They] shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” Those who do not make the decision to get to know God on this earth will miss that opportunity for all of eternity and will suffer eternal punishment because of it. They will have no excuses when they stand before God because they have been given fair warning.
Will you respond to this fair warning today? Tomorrow is not promised you. You could be here one moment and gone the next, just like the nearly 300 passengers on the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine this week. When you stand before God, I want you to be able to say that you took heed to the warnings that He gave us regarding the condition of our souls on this earth and the destination of our souls in eternity. You can be saved from the wrath to come by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation. Allow me to show you how you can do so right now. Continue Reading…
The recently-premiered television drama, The Last Ship, based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley, tells the story of the fictional U.S. Navy ship, the Nathan James. While the Nathan James is at sea, a global pandemic kills or sickens over 50% of the world’s population. The crew of the Nathan James, which has been unaffected by this virus, is tasked with finding a cure in order to save the human race. As the ship continues its voyage, it encounters entire swaths of land that have been laid waste because of the decaying and dying human population. The ship’s crew, unable to land on familiar shores for fear of becoming infected with the deadly virus themselves also search for a place that has not been tainted by the virus where they can start life over again.
As I thought about this story, I was reminded of an old spiritual that was sung by slaves and former slaves in America and was sung during camp meetings led by traveling preachers. The story embedded in this song titled, “The Old Ship of Zion,” tells of how this ship carries people safely across the unknown and troubled waters of this world and lands them at Zion — the promised land, or Paradise. Allow me to share with you some of the words of this song: Continue Reading…
One of the most popular Christian songs of our day is “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann.
Notice some things with me about this song and especially about the King whom Mrs. Mann sings about. The King is someone you can go to when you are weak and tired. The King is someone whom you can go to when you have no place else to go. The King is someone you can go to when you feel like your prayers are not being answered. The King is someone you can go to when you have been hurt and abused.
Who is this King? This King is none other than Jesus Christ who said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Yes, the King is someone who wants you to come to Him. He can give you strength. He can dry your tears. He can give you peace. He can give you hope. And, most importantly, He can give you salvation from the sins which have caused so much pain, heartache, and suffering in your life and in the lives of every person who has ever lived.
Unlike earthly kings, King Jesus is approachable. He wants you to come to Him just as you are. As Tamela Mann’s song says, you don’t have much to bring anyway. The Bible says in Luke 15:1, that when Jesus taught and preached 2,000 years ago in Palestine, ‘all the publicans and sinners drew near to hear Him.’ In fact, Jesus Christ said that He “is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
If you have not come to Jesus Christ and accepted His free gift of salvation, then you are lost in your sins and on the way to eternal punishment and separation from God. Jesus came so that you would not have to suffer that terrible fate. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Why don’t you come to the King today and accept what only He can do for you. Let Jesus Christ take over and let Him provide the fulfillment, happiness, joy, peace, love, and eternal assurance about your future that you can only dream of.
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Take Me to the King” by Tamela Mann