If you work in an office, chances are they make sure they can have access to the company computer that you use. Your personal computer and your company's computer are probably protected from any funny business by something called a password. Even if someone would like to know what it is, they can't. It's a secret.

A password is important mostly for one group of people - people who want to go to heaven when they die, which is just about all of us. God, whose heaven it is, reveals the only password that will get you in. The last thing God wants for it to be is a secret; He really wants you to be there with Him forever, but there's only one way possible.

In Acts 4:12, the disciples have just healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. It says, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." When you hear that word salvation, think rescue - like first responders going in to save the lives of people trapped in a collapsed building. No other name but Jesus is the only way to be saved, to be rescued.

We all need to be rescued from the eternal death penalty the Bible says we all have facing us because we've taken the life God gave us and, in essence, made ourselves "god" in our life. The Bible says every one of us has done that. There's no religion that can possibly pay or remove that death penalty, including the Christian religion. What we need to be saved from is hell itself. Without Jesus, any hope we have for heaven is false hope.

Why is there "no one else" and "no other name" other than Jesus? Why is He God's password to His heaven? Jesus said, "I am the way...no man comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). It isn't so much about one religion being right and others wrong. In fact, it's not about religion at all. It's about a spiritual death penalty that can only be paid one way - by someone dying. That's why Jesus came. In His words, He came "to give His life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). In other words, when Jesus died on the cross, He was dying so you don't have to. The day He walked out of His grave, He proved He has the power to turn your death sentence into eternal life.

Only someone with no sin of their own could take your place, and that would have to be the Son of God. No one else could have died for you, and no one else even claimed to. That leaves us with the question on which everything rests, "On what are you basing your hope for heaven?" If your password is the good things you've done or your spiritual background or your religion, you have no chance. Your only hope is pinning all your hopes on Jesus Christ.

Has there ever been a time when you clearly, consciously, and personally told Jesus that you were placing all your trust in Him? The day you do is the day you trade forever the hell you deserve for the heaven you could never deserve, and this could be that day. With your forever at stake and with life so unpredictable, waiting another day just doesn't make sense.

Your hell can be cancelled and your heaven guaranteed today, if you'll enter in through the only name God will accept - His Son, Jesus.

            

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