(Jesus said) "These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:46
Some of you may remember the Jackie Gleason show: The Honeymooners.
If you do, you may also recall Ralph's threat to his wife. It went something like "One of these days, Alice, one of these days ... POW! Right in the kisser! BANG! ZOOM! Straight to the moon!"
According to the Dutch Company, Mars One, you can forget about going to the moon. The moon is too close. No, this company is looking for volunteers who are willing to fly directly to Mars.
Now if the idea sounds good to you, don't start packing your bags just yet. First, there will be a charge for those who are selected for the trip. Second, the timetable for blast off is somewhere around the year 2023.
Oh, there's one other thing you might want to know: the trip is one-way.
That's right. Mars One says the folks who go on this trip will be doing their best to establish a colony on the Red Planet. They will live their lives there, and they will die there. Understand, the company is not trying to be hard-hearted -- not at all. The only reason the trip is one-way is because the technology doesn't exist to bring anybody back.
Doesn't sound so good anymore, does it?
Well, my friends, the truth is all of us are on a one-way trip.
Jesus talked about that trip when He said some are on a one-way trip to heaven, and some are on a one-way trip to hell. Any way you look at it, we live our lives; we die, and are judged.
It's a one-way trip.
Now I would assume, given your druthers and for obvious reasons, you would prefer to have your trip end up with you residing in heaven. If so, I have Good News for you.
Jesus Christ -- through the perfect life He lived, through His complete fulfillment of the laws of God, through His victory over death -- has made it possible for you to make that trip. Today, by the Holy Spirit's power, all who have been given faith in the Redeemer are headed for heaven.
What is even greater, unlike those who make the trip to Mars, you will never die. By God's grace, all forgiven souls who enter heaven will be spending eternity there in complete peace, contentment and joy. It is my prayer that you've been signed up for that trip.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that through Jesus' sacrifice I am headed for heaven. Now I pray You will use me to reach out to those who, as of today, are headed to hell. By Your power may they have their one-way destination switched. In the Name of the Savior I ask it Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries