Summary: Evangelistic call for people to see the reality of both heaven and hell and their need to choose now.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WILL SPEND ETERNITY?
2 Timothy 4:6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of
my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have
finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is
laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but
unto all them also that love his appearing.
"Do you KNOW where you will spend eternity?” is a question that
everyone should consider carefully, and answer honestly, because
so much depends on the answer you truthfully give.
A few years ago town leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited
Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. Mr. Graham hesitated to
accept the invitation because of Parkinson’s disease.
But the leaders said, "We don’t expect a major address. Just come
and let us honor you."
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped
to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I’m reminded today
of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who was honored by Time
magazine as the Man of the Century.
"Albert Einstein was once traveling on a train when the conductor
came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger.
When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He
couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It
wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it.
Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn’t find it.
"The conductor said, "Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all
know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry
about it." Einstein nodded in appreciation.
The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he
was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw
Albert Einstein down on his hands and knees looking under his
seat for his ticket.
The conductor rushed back and said, "Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein,
don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a
ticket. I’m sure you bought one."
Einstein looked at him and said, "Young man, I too, know who I
am. What I don’t know is where I’m going.’"
Having said that, Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I’m
wearing? It’s a brand new suit.”
“My wife, my children, and my grandchildren are telling me I’ve
gotten a little sloppy in my old age. I used to be a bit more
fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon
and for one more occasion.”
"You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I’ll be
buried. But when you hear I’m dead, I don’t want you to remember
the suit I’m wearing. I want you to remember this: I not only know
who I am…I also know where I’m going!"
IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO
KNOW WHO WE ARE!
Forget titles or abbreviations that follow names. There are only
two kinds of people in the world:
• sinners in need of the Savior
• sinners saved by the grace of God!
1. We are: Sinners in need of the Savior:
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
Ezekiel 18:4b “The soul who sins is the one who will die.”
1Ti 1:12 CEV I thank Christ Jesus our Lord. He has given me the
strength for my work because he knew that he could trust me. 13 I
used to say terrible and insulting things about him, and I was cruel.
But he had mercy on me because I didn't know what I was doing,
and I had not yet put my faith in him.14 Christ Jesus our Lord was
very kind to me. He has greatly blessed my life with faith and love
just like his own. 15 "Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners." This saying is true, and it can be trusted. I was the worst
sinner of all!
2. We are: Sinners saved by grace: unmerited favor...
Romans. 10:12-13“... there is no difference between Jew and
Gentile--the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who
call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
Ephesians 2:8-9 “... by grace you have been saved through faith,
and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest
anyone should boast.”
IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO
KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING!
1. It is important to know that we can know.
It would be cruel of God to let us live every day knowing that “it
is appointed unto men to die once, but after this the judgment”