It’s not good people who go to heaven. No matter how good you may be, good people don’t automatically go to heaven. FORGIVEN people go to heaven. And forgiveness is only found through belief in the good work of Jesus Christ.
Many of you are going to be uncomfortable through this series, because we’re going to find out some things about God that might not be what you’ve always thought about God. They might cast a really bright light into the darkness where you are comfortable. What I’m asking you to do is not to push back and argue with God and retreat into your darkness, but to just remain and dwell in and abide in the light for a little while.
Christians aren’t gathered all over the world today simply to celebrate the event. It’s bigger than that. We gather today to celebrate the implications of the resurrection. When we fully understand the implications of the resurrection & the fact that Jesus died on the cross on our behalf, it creates a context for our lives that impacts every facet of our lives.
Now today’s character in this series tried to get Jesus to do his bidding. And when Jesus didn’t do what he wanted Jesus to do, this character bailed. And the reason we’re talking about this guy is because there’s a little bit of him in all of us.
When we barter with God, rather than surrender, we are responsible for the outcome. And apparently, God will not get in the way of you having your way. He won’t rob us of the responsibility and the outcome that’s associated with our decisions.