Frank Hay

Frank Hay

John 3:31-36 (HCSB) -- 31) "The One (Jesus) who comes from above is above all. The one (us) who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One (Jesus) who comes from heaven is above all. 32) He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one (us) accepts His testimony. 33) The one (us) who has accepted His testimony has affirmed that God is true. 34) For God sent Him (Jesus), and He (Jesus) speaks God’s words, since He gives the Spirit without measure. 35) The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hands. 36) The one (us) who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one (us) who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him (us)." Note: Words in parenthesis are the author's.

We all have heard the good bad news scenario. Which do you want first -- the good or the bad? Most often the bad news negates the good news.

Two avid golfers were discussing whether there was golf in Heaven. It just so happened one of them died soon afterwards and was allowed to visit his friend on earth. The deceased man said, "I have some good news. There is golf in heaven. The bad news is you have a 9 a.m. tee time tomorrow."

Like it or not, we all have tee times in our lives. One day, we shall cease to live physically -- die, that is. However, our spirit will go on forever. Humans were made in God’s image, remember? (Genesis 1:26) To be blunt, “We ain ‘t gettin out of this world alive." Where we will spend eternally is dependent on our decision while we are alive. God did His part. He provided a way to eternal life. (John 3:16) And, it depends on us. Accepting God’s gift, we live eternally; refusing His gift, we die -- Hell. That’s the good-news, bad-news scenario. Jesus said Himself that He was the way ... the only way. (John 14:6) We cannot earn eternal life by anything we do (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is a gift that must be accepted and assimilated into our life on earth now.(Philippians 2:12)

To be a child of God certainly should be a great honor, not as we humans see honor but much more than that. We become heirs with Jesus; we inherit with Him to be with the Father for eternity. We do not know completely how that is going to be, but I can imagine how it will be. We talk about golden streets and gates of pearls. I believe it will be more than any human can imagine. Just think, we shall be with God, the creator of all things, and it will be forever. Eyes have not seen, says the scriptures; more wonderful than any of us can imagine.

Dear friends, I encourage you to make your reservations by accepting the son of God (Jesus), as your savior and follow His leading here on earth and follow Him to glory when we depart earth.

It really is the best news you will ever have.

J. Frank Hay Jr. is an Orangeburg pastor and chaplain.

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