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Imagine that in just about 15 minutes this life is going to be over. Everything that seems so important to you now will fade, and the only thing that will matter is whether or not you are ready to stand before God.

Are you ready? Hebrews 9:27 states this truth: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”

Have your eyes been opened to the glorious truth that can be found only in Jesus? Let me share this good news with you. We’ll begin with a couple of questions:

• Who do you think Jesus is? Do you believe that he is God’s Son? (John 3:16).

• Do you believe that Jesus came into this world, lived a sinless life, and died in your place so that you could be forgiven by God? (Romans 6:23).

• Do you believe that he rose from the dead, proving that God’s need for judgment of sin was satisfied? (Romans 4:25).

• Do you recognize that you’re a sinful person and that, on your own, you’re not prepared to meet God? (Romans 3:23). Do you believe that Jesus has provided the way? (John 14:6).

What will you say when you stand before God and he asks, “Why should I let you into heaven?” The best answer is, “Well, you shouldn’t, except that I’m trusting completely in Jesus. I have nothing to offer, except that I believe that Jesus died in my place and you accepted his sacrifice on my behalf. I can’t earn it; I’ll never deserve it, but I’m trusting in Jesus for my salvation.”

John 1:12 assures us that “to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” You can be sure that if you come to God on his terms, he will never send you away. When your faith is placed in Jesus alone, your sins can be forgiven and eternal life can be your confident hope.

You can make that choice right now. If you haven’t—do it today! —James MacDonald

24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25 Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, 26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:24-28

seeking: Father, what have I done with your offer of salvation? How have I seen this gift in a new light today?

responding: What does it take to know God personally? • What is my faith based on? • How can I know that I’ve received salvation?

If you want to receive God’s gift of salvation, by faith pray this from your heart: Father, I know that I’m a sinner. I believe that Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sin. Right now I turn from my sin and I embrace Jesus by faith. Lord Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you. Come into my life and forgive my sins. Change me. Make me the person you want me to be. I give my life to you today.

following: Am I ready to stand before God?

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