Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Is Jesus just a ticket to heaven?

Jesus is our savior. No man can enter heaven except through Jesus. However, is it appropriate to view him as our “ticket to heaven”? Back in the day, the Jews wouldn’t even speak or write the name of God. They approached God out of sincere humility, extreme reverence and complete respect. In contrast, modern Christianity has reduced Jesus to a ticket. Be a follower of Christ and get your ticket. Do we follow Christ in order to get our ticket - to receive our “get out of hell free” card, or do we follow him because he is who he is? I don’t know about you, but I don’t worship a ticket. Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior, the King of Kings, the Great High Priest, the Lord of Lords, the Almighty, the Messiah…

In light of this, this little trinket that is sold by a Christian retailer (pictured above) just didn’t sit quite right with me.

Here’s something to ponder: are you following Christ only for the ticket? Are you primarily interested in what you can get out of this relationship? Would you follow Jesus if he weren’t the ticket?

Almighty Lord, may I follow you out of a sincere heart of love, humility, reverence, and awe simply for who you are. I always want it to be about you and never about what you can do for me.

3 comments:

jeff said...

Your question "Would you follow Jesus if he weren't the ticket to heaven" seems off to me. If he weren't the ticket to heaven what would be the point of following him? I agree fully that reducing him to a ticket is blasphemous, however, He still is the only way in and you aren't getting in without him. Anyway, just not sure how to answer your question!

Eric Jones said...

Jeff,
I guess my thought was this: Would I glorify and follow Jesus just because he is the Son of God? Would I obey him if he were just Lord and not Savior? Let me tell you that I am extremely (eternally) grateful that the question is purely hypothetical. Praise God for Christ our Savior. Thank God for his redemptive plan and for His Son! So, maybe it is a pointless and silly question to ask, but sometimes my brain just goes to these places.

jeff said...

I hear ya. Thanks for the response.