Satan is a master of deception. He loves to cause people to focus so much on life in the here and now that there is little or no time to think about life in the hereafter.

It’s not about what your life is like now, but where you will be when you die. The question is not will you die; the question is when.

The late poet George Bernard Shaw is known for his comment, “The statistics on death are quite impressive; one out of one people die.”

When we die, we will stand before God to answer for everything wrong we have done: “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). It does not matter how good a life a person lives; the smallest sin requires punishment.

But that’s where the good news of the gospel comes in. Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, came into the world.  He took your sin and my sin and died upon a cross in our place.

God punished Him instead of us: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).

The third day Christ rose again as proof of His victory over sin and the grave. Because the price for our sin has been paid, God offers forgiveness and grants eternal life as a free gift to those who trust in Him: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

One of two people must pay for your sins. Either you must pay for them yourself or accept the payment Christ has made. The most foolish mistake anyone can make is to reject Christ’s payment and pay for their own sins in eternal separation from God.

That’s why coming to Christ is essential. Only through Him can we live forever in His presence. No matter what we do or experience, there is no eternal life apart from knowing the Lord.

(Note: This article originally appeared here on larrymoyer.com)

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