Summary: Recently I have developed a new urgency about something that I had in the back of my mind. It involves a question that we all have but cannot answer. How much time do I have left? The average lifespan of people throughout the earth today is between 70-
Recently I have developed a new urgency about something that I had in the back of my mind. It involves a question that we all have but cannot answer. How much time do I have left? The average lifespan of people throughout the earth today is between 70-75 years. That is not a morbid thought or something that is a negative but it is a fact that bible says Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment; Each and every one of us will die some day and face the judgment seat of God. It depends entirely on the condition of your heart and your faith that is going to determine where you spend eternity.
As most of you know recently I lost a very dear friend that has gone on to be with the Lord. Sometimes God puts us in positions or allows situations that will shake us to the very foundation of what we believe, think, and our faith. Very recently I had a man tell me, “I’m scared to death of dying because I know that I am headed straight to hell.” My answer to him was, “So fix it. You don’t have to go there if you don’t want to. It’s your choice.” He then stated that I was going to, “talk about that God and Jesus stuff that I do not understand or I’m not sure about”.
My purpose today starting in John chapter 14 verse 1 is to help you understand that you can be sure of where you are going when your time on earth is done and why it is so sure. If I accomplish nothing else today I want you to understand, know, and believe that regardless of when you leave this earth, you don’t need to be afraid of the question “How much time do you have left?”
John 14:1-6 "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father’s house are many dwelling places (mansions); if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And you know the way where I am going." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
I. Do not let your heart be troubled…
A. The Greek translation for this passage is tarasso -- pronounced: tar-as’-so
1. The original Greek would be translated to be continually troubled or distressed by something; of uncertain affinity
2. We seem to doubt because of our flesh nature of the unseen
B. Jesus has never left any doubt about the direction we should travel
1. Jesus showed that the way to eternal life although unseen is very secure
2. The security is in Him and Him alone
3. He has already prepared the way
4. Jesus defeated hell, death, and the grave for us
5. He has already prepared the way to eternal life for us
a. The only issue that remains is our trust and faith in Him
b. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. (F. A. I. T. H.)
Forsaking All I Trust Him
C. It is our belief and faith in Him; He is our only hope
1. A person can live for a few weeks without food, 3-4 days without water
2. But you cannot live 1 second without hope
a. What if we had no hope for our eternity?
b. What if we had no hope in salvation?
c. When you have lost all hope, you are dead
3. Paul writes about hope and assurance for our eternal life
a. 2 Corinthians 1:10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
4. These are few verses that describe eternal life but are rich in promises
a. Although we may not have a good description we know it will be awesome. Jesus made some powerful statements:
b. “I go to prepare a place for you”
c. “I will come again”
d. “You may be there also”
e. Remember the song I can Only Imagine (Some verses)
f. Midnight Cry “When Jesus steps out”… “Son go get my children”…
g. Matthew 24:36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.