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“Hands up all those who want to go to heaven?” The visiting preacher was sure he would get a unanimous “Yes” in response to such an obvious question. But there was a teenager sitting in the front row who made no response either way. “Sonny”, asked the puzzled preacher, don’t you want to go to heaven when you die?”

The disinterested expression suddenly was gone, replaced by this: “Oh, when I die! I thought you were getting a bus load to leave tonight”!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I received a letter recently in which the writer likened the end times to a bus journey. I was so excited to read, “…so when the bus leaves for heaven, I take it that there won’t be a seat for me!”

Let me run with this imagery of the bus a little more. Part of my response is  

 

“Have I got great news for you!

 

“Your seat is already reserved and fully paid!” All that remains is for you to get on the bus. But that is where the offer of this free ride comes apart. Most people choose not to get on the bus….They say things like…...

 

1.      I don’t deserve a free ride.  I’m not good enough.

 

2.      I don’t want anyone paying my fare. I’ll live and work in such a way that I will have earned my seat on the bus—good enough for 1st class!

 

3.     I don’t want to go by bus—certainly not by that bus with the all the riff-raff.

4.    I’m not sure that I trust the bus driver. He did some things back in earth time that makes wonder if he should be allowed to drive that bus! Can I trust Him?

 

The bus driver has done everything possible to make sure you have a seat in order to get to the final destination but he can’t make us get on the bus. You can lead a horse to water…….BUT

 

I fear a lot of people will miss the bus because they think there are other buses and they can catch one of them. After all, they are all going to the same destination, aren’t they? So it doesn’t really matter which one we will catch one later. There’s plenty of time.

 

So this is great news! Unless, of course, there are no other buses, no other destinations, no other reserved seats….and if you miss the bus, that’s bad news??

 

 

 

 

 

 

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