From Pastor Johnny

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Will You Rise Up? Day 2

You Know the Passageway:  

“He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

          The picture here is the certainty of death from this earth.  It is not really “though” as if someone may, or may not, die.  It is the picture that leaving this earth is a certainty (i.e. when he dies, he will live). Jesus is explaining that there is a path we all will walk. No matter what happens ahead in our lives, we will all ultimately leave this earth. It is an unavoidable path! The question is not whether we will go down this path, but what will our experience be when we do!

         On Thursday, May 15, 1997 my bride and I woke up early in the morning, got ready, and headed toward the Coliseum Hospital of Macon, Georgia. She was over 9 months pregnant with what would be our baby boy named Andrew. She was scheduled for an 8:00am C Section that day with Dr. Minor Vernon at the helm.

         As we headed up I75 North through Macon, she was extremely quiet. I said, “Baby, how do you feel.” She started to talk, and teared up, and said, “I am so nervous about this. It almost makes me feel like I want to take off and just drive away.”

         I knew she didn’t mean that but was incredibly nervous. I said, “Baby, whatever you do, that baby is coming. He is coming in the back seat of our car or in the O.R. of the Coliseum Hospital. It is not a matter of, if he will come, but when.”

         She agreed, so we went on and had an 8”9’ baby boy. You know as well as I do that, once you are pregnant, that baby is coming out one way or another. In the same way, if you live on this earth, you are going to leave it sooner or later.

            The only question about you leaving this earth is when and where will you go? So…I am asking you. You will leave this earth, but where will you go?

If you leave this life with the resurrected Jesus, your passageway is secure. Instead of walking us through an abstract idea, Jesus is prepared to walk us through death.  Instead of offering us vague ideas, He is prepared to lead us to heaven. Instead of referencing areas of historical significance, he is prepared to lead us from temptation, sin and death.  The passageway to eternity is not a passageway at all, but it is a person and His name is Jesus.