Pastor Gbenga Ogunnaike
Text: John 14:1-6
14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Destination in view (Pt. 1)
The Destination of believers.
Many Christians have forgotten that as believers that we are just pilgrims, we have not gotten to our bustop, and so we should not rest. So many do not even think of our destination, we have gotten so comfortable in our ‘here and now’ and forgotten our final destination.
In John 14:1-6 Jesus tells us that there is indeed a final destination for us Christians and we should not rest our oars.
Salvation: John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The above text gives us a definition of salvation, whosoever believe in Him, will be saved.
Salvation is the act of delivering from sin or saving form evil.
Or a state of being saved form sin or harm.
Where we are going is eternity, and what qualifies a man is salvation. It is because we have sinned that God sent his son to come and die for us.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
She shall bring forth a son to be called Jesus, and he shall save his people from their sins.
The purpose of His coming was to save us. Salvation is not based on our being moral-accepting that we are sinners is.
The devil introduced sin to take man away from the eternal plans of God for man, to have life, but God still sent his Son to restore man to His original plans.
When we sin, we grieve the heart of God, because we are going back to the negative path.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
If we do not sin, there would not have been a need to send Jesus to die for us. Sin makes us the enemies of God, and the friend of the devil. The signs around us constantly corroborate the signs of the end times and therefore the need to put ourselves aright with God. We need to wake up and know that this world has nothing in store for us. We are just pilgrims…..
Friendship with sin and the world is enmity with God.
James 4:4 says:
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
While Romans 3:23 says:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
When you sin, you come short of the glory of God; sin robs a man off the glory of God.
Our final destination is not a place for sinners, there is no place of restitution- no purgatory, and you must make your choice now, here on earth!!The choice to live in righteousness is one that MUST be exemplified in your lifestyle.
The journey of eternity does not end here on earth; it is a time without end, eternal life is for believers, while eternal damnation is for unbelievers, that is why Jesus said I ask you choose LIFE…
Today choose life!!!!! Do not miss the beauty of eternity.
Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place- remember – I n my father’s House there a many mansions, that where I am there you will be also!!!!
He said if this were not so…he would not tell us it was!!He doesn’t lie.
KEEP THAT DESTINATION IN VIEW….HEAVEN. Eternity is our final destination in Jesus name.
The ticket you need is:
a. Faith in the name of Jesus.
b. Righteousness in the name of Jesus and
c. Grace in the name of Jesus
1 John 3:5-10 says:
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Jesus died for our sins, to give us the gift of eternal life.
John1: 12 says:
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,
It is to him that believeth, that He gave the power to be called the sons of God. Can you be called a son of God?
Have you given your life to Jesus?
Are you prepared for the trumpet?
Are you ready?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Act 4: 12
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
It is only in the name of Jesus you can be saved!!He alone saves. No man can save.
for the life of the body is in its blood. I have given you the blood on the altar to purify you, making you right with the LORD. It is the blood, given in exchange for a life, that makes purification possible.
The power of the shedding of the blood He shed on the cross for us. In the Old Testament, we see a culture of killing animals and their blood used to wash away the sins of the sinner, today His coming and dying on the cross took away the need to constantly kill rams, lamps in the aim of washing away our sins. He died to give us eternal life.
The distractions of the world- our dreams, our passion to make it, sometimes drowns out what should be our lives’ purpose- returning back to our Savior…today, make a conscious decision to restore your relationship with God, to get to that DESTINATION-HEAVEN.
Father draw me close to you.
Father, I have started well, help me to finish strong.
Father, whatsoever that will want to take salvation away from me, Lord take such things away from me: I will not lose my salvation.