Revelation 21:27 – “and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” NASB
I have had the pleasure and misfortune of traveling extensively. I have stayed in various types of hotels and different levels of quality. I have discovered that, frequently, it is impossible to secure accommodation without reservation. Even while serving in the Navy we discovered the importance of having a reservation. We were going through the Panama Canal and were forced to wait several hours before we could go through because of the time of our reservation. We had to wait for our reserved time slot. Had we not had a reservation we would have had to wait hours and possibly more than a day before being permitted to go through the Canal to the Pacific from the Atlantic.
Traveling aboard ship, we found that in numerous ports we had to anchor offshore and await a slot at the pier because we did not have a reservation. Most of us have discovered that going to the doctor requires an appointment or reservation. Your name must be logged into his book with a time-slot or you will have to wait a long time if you get in at all. Likewise, in some restaurants, you must have a reservation to get a table to dine or you are turned away.
In this world, the importance and requirement of making an advanced reservation to get into or do what you desire to do is readily apparent. How much more, entering Heaven because in God’s House – A Reservation is Required!
Jesus said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Our text in Revelation, reveals that only those whose names are written in the Book of Life are permitted to enter. A Reservation is Required!
CONSIDER THE PRIZE
The 21st Chapter of the Book of Revelation is an wonderful picture of Heaven. The Prize for which we seek is Heaven, not Hell. The Prize we desire is that we will be able to live, in this life, free of condemnation, guilt, shame, and sin. In Heaven, there will be no more death, no more tears, no more pain. In Heaven there will be no separation or rejection. In Heaven there will be no disappointment or defeat. We live Eternally in the Presence of the Eternal God of All Creation, the Living God!
CONSIDER THE PRICE
John 3:16 declares the incredible price that God paid for our Redemption and Reservation. He gave Heaven’s best for Earth’s worst. God’s Only Begotten Son became sin for us that we could live forever. The Price was incredible, and the Prize is amazing!
CONSIDER THE PREPARATION
Jesus declared in John 10:9 – “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” There is only one door and that door is Jesus! We must be Born Again through the Forgiveness of God. We received God’s Grace through the Sacrifice of Jesus, His Blood, His Obedience, His Suffering, His Death, His Resurrection, and Ascension. He opened the Reservation Book for us because – A Reservation is Required!
There is only one classification of people that will enter Heaven – The Redeemed! Those who are ‘born-again’. Jesus said in John 6:37 – “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
Redemption is required to make your reservation. It is the requirement for Heaven. Today is the Day of Salvation and now is the accepted time. If you do not know Jesus, then I ask that you examine your own heart and allow the Holy Spirit to bring to your consciousness:
- Recognition of your sinful state.
- Recognition of your need for a savior.
- Repentance of your sin.
- Reception of His Forgiveness and Jesus as your Savior.
The only question is – “Do You Have Your Reservation?”
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!