Summary: We must be perfect to enter Heaven
Why did Jesus ascend into Heaven, why didn’t He stay here on earth for ever? Wouldn’t it have been easier for us to be certain about our Christian faith if He had, if we could see Him and ask Him all those difficult questions that keep on cropping up about how to live the Christian Faith. Wouldn’t it have been better if He’d stayed on to run the world, rather than the mess that us fallible human beings make of it?
Let’s begin with a story:
One day a man arrived at the gates of heaven. “Can I come in” He asked when God met Him at the entrance.
God said, “Anyone who wants to enter heaven must write a brand new genuine Shakespeare Play to qualify for entry”.
The man thought to himself, “That’s crazy. But God is God and I suppose He lay down whatever entry rules He likes. I expect He knows what He’s aiming at”….. so he went back home and began to to write his brand new Shakespeare play.
First he studied Shakespeare – studied all his plays, studied his style, formed a plot and began to write the kiund of thing that Shakespeare would have written.
Then six months oin he turned up again at the gates of heaven play in hand. God looked at it, read it through from start to finish, paused and then said, “Good try, but not good enough. You see I asked for a brand new GENUINE Shakespeare Play. Yours LOOKS like a Shakespeare Play, it even sounds like a Shaespeare Play, but it’s an IMITATION, not the genuine article, so I’m afraid you can’t come in.”
“But that’s not fair” the man protested, “I did my best. You can’t expect me to write a GENUINE Shakespeare Play, only Shakespeare could do that, and I’m not Shakespeare. The only way I could do what tyou want is if William Shaespeare came into me and took over, took over my emotions, my feelings, my mind, my body and my hands and write a play through me – THEN it would be brand new, and GENUINE – ONLY THEN could I get into heaven”.
“That’s right” said God, “You’ve got it in one.
“But Shakespeare’s dead, and he couldn’t live in me, even if He was alive – I give up” said the man and went away sadly.
It’s a silly story, isn’t it! Or is it?
God has laid down one condition for us to enter heaven – we must be PERFECT, for only prefect creatures can inhabit Heaven. So, when we die and stand at the gates of Heaven He will ask us to offer a perfect life to Him – OUR perfect life.
But isn’t that ridiculous? Is anyone ONE of us perfect – I’m certainly not, and I bet if I really knew you deep down inside I’d see that you’re not either. And if we entered heaven like that, we’d soon mess it up – one rotten apple will spoil the barrel, as they say. So to enter heaven we’ll have to present to God a life that is PERFECT, GENUINELY PERFECT – nothing less will do.