In certain Bibles, when you read the words, “Heaven and Earth will pass away“, the letters are in red. That kind of Bible is commonly referred to as a “red letter edition”. Simply put, the red letters represent Jesus speaking. And when He said “Heaven and Earth will pass away”, He also added, “but My words will by no means pass away”. What does that mean for you and me?
You have a choice. Because God loved you so much, He designed you with a will of your own. You’re not a robot. You don’t have to love Him if you don’t want to. In fact, you can even choose to hate Him. Many do. But here’s the thing to keep in mind as you choose…
God is the only sovereign being in existence. He is the only one who not only will exist forever…but also always existed in the past. His existence doesn’t depend on yours. But yours DOES depend on His. If you love Him and want to be with Him forever, He’s made a place for you to do that. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It’s typically called “Heaven”.
And in God’s loving wisdom, He’s also made a place for those who hate Him and would rather not spend eternity with Him. Maybe you’ve heard of that place, too? It’s known as “hell”.
Now, referring back to the part where I said “you have a choice”…remember…YOU choose which place you’ll go. God isn’t choosing for you. He’ll simply make sure you reach the destination of YOUR choice. There’s a key passage in the Bible I really love that illustrates this best. It says it in these three words, “therefore choose life“. Read the rest, too.
Do you realize how much love it took for God to give you your own will? Your own ability to choose to love or hate…what an incredible risk it was for God. And it cost Him the life of His Son. A greater loss and a greater love the world has never seen, does not see now, and will never see again.
But God promised this…that if you choose (there’s that word again) to trust Jesus as your personal savior, even though Heaven and Earth will pass away, you will live on forever. Not in your current broken-down condition, but in a glorified, resurrected, eternal reconnection of body, soul, and spirit.
Do you really want to pass up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity like that?