Question 27: “How can I get to Heaven?”
Have you ever done something that you know inside is wrong? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? Or told a lie, or taken something that belongs to someone else, or even been mad at someone without a reason. We’ve all messed up and done stuff like that. This is what the Bible calls “Sin”. Many people believe that if they’re good they will go to Heaven, but the Bible says that no one can ever be good enough to get to Heaven! It says that every sinner deserves to die, and we are ALL sinners, this means that we All deserve to die.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 9:22, “According to the law . . . without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.”
This means that without punishment, or blood, we can’t be forgiven. That’s why Jesus came from Heaven. He loves us so much that He wanted us to have a way to be forgiven from our sins; He didn’t want us to die!
Jesus came from Heaven, was born as a baby and grew up on earth, just like all of us! But, because Jesus is also God, He never sinned, not even once! He was perfect in every way so that He could die and take the punishment we were supposed to get. He became the Ultimate Sacrifice of sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
This is like when you were born, you were not born because you had done anything good, you weren’t even around yet! Your parents had you because they love you and wanted you, and now that you’re getting older and can understand how much your parents love you, you want to obey them and do what they say so they will be proud of you and you’ll make them happy.
This is how it is with God, He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to save us, and now that we understand that He loves us so much and that He came from Heaven to died in our place, we should desire to please Him too, and really make Him proud of us.
This would be like if your big brother had seen you do something bad; like say you were throwing a ball in the house when you knew you shouldn’t be and you knocked over an expensive lamp! When your dad found out about it and was going to punish you, your brother took the punishment for you so you wouldn’t have to. In this same way, Jesus took our punishment when he died on the cross for us. Now THAT’S Love!
But Jesus didn’t just die for us. Jesus rose from the dead and walked out of the grave to show that sin and death no longer has any power over us! And although we may die here on Earth, He will bring us back to life in Heaven and will bring us back to live with Him on the New Earth!
If you believe in Jesus, and trust that He took your punishment for your sin, you will go to Heaven.
That’s why Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way the truth and the Life. No One can go the Father except through Me.”
God’s not going to kick you out of Heaven because you did something bad, not if you have put your trust in Jesus to save you. We all make mistakes, even after we become a Christian, but we have to try to do what is right, what we know inside our heart that God would want us to do.
It’s like your Mom or Dad. They wouldn’t kick you outside to sleep out in the dark and cold because you spilled red soda on the new carpet. They may be disappointed in you that you didn’t listen when they told you to stay at the table and don’t take your drink on the new carpet, but they love you, and will most likely discipline you and not let you have red soda for a while, but they will still let you live inside the nice warm house with them where you belong. And you will still be their child, no matter what!
If you want to tell Jesus you trust Him and ask Him to save you from your sin and take you to Heaven someday, but you’re not sure what to say, you can talk to Him something like this:
Jesus, I love You. Thank You for taking my punishment for me so I can live. Please forgive me and come into my heart. I believe that you are the Son of God. I believe you died on the cross for my sins. I believe you rose form the dead and defeated my sin and death. Please help me live my life in such a way that pleases you. And take me to live with You in Heaven someday. Amen!
Question 28: “Do we sleep in Heaven?”
In 1 Corinthians 15:50-51 the Bible says, “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. Behold I tell you a mystery, that we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”
What does that mean?
Well, right now, as mortals (flesh and blood) we need sleep in order to survive a healthy lifestyle. And at what part of the day do we normally go to bed?
Revelation 22:5 “And there will be no night there (Heaven): They need no lamp or light from the sun, for the Lord God gives them light and they shall reign forever and ever.”
Another Scripture tells us that God’s face outshines the brightest star and that God Himself is the light in heaven because of all His glory and power.
Question 29: “Do people know when they got to Heaven or Hell?”
Do you remember when Jesus was on the cross and He was about to die, who were on his right and left side? (Criminals who were also being crucified.)
Read: Luke 23:39-43
“TODAY, you will be with Me in Paradise.”
The Apostle Paul said it also in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “… to be absent from the body (to die) is to present with the Lord.”
The Bible is very clear that as soon as we die we are INSTANTLY in the presence of God.
In Revelation 20 the Bible tells us what awaits us when we are INSTANTLY in the presence of God. It describes that there is an angel there with a BIG BOOK, called, the Book Of Life.
And if your name is written in that Book, you get to enter into heaven and be with Jesus forever and ever! That’s a lot better than being on Santa’s Nice list….
What happens if your name isn’t there?
Revelation 20:15, “And anyone who was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.”
The Bible also paints a vivid (clear) picture of Jesus, sitting on a white throne, judging all people for every deed and word that they have ever done.
In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus separates the Sheep from the Goats.
This is why it is SO IMPORTANT that we tell everyone we can about the love and salvation of Jesus – so that we may one day see them in Heaven and not see them being thrown into the Lake of Fire.
Question 30: Do pets really go to Heaven?
Have you had a Pet that has meant a lot to you? A dog, cat, bird, hamster, rabbit, horse . . . I believe we will have animals with us in Heaven, or on the New Earth, here’s why.
Animals have always been an important part of God’s creation; from the time He first made Man. He put animals in the garden with Adam and Eve to keep them company. God made animals to be our friends, and He cares about them even more than we do. God says that not a single bird can fall to the ground without Him knowing it, Matthew 10:29.
Can you imagine a world without animals? No Birds in the sky, or building a nest in the trees? No Dogs in the yard, or Horses in the pastures? My home in Heaven just wouldn’t be complete without my dog sleeping at the foot of my bed! Well, the Bible tells us that there will be Animals living with us on the New Earth!
Romans 8:20-21 Says, “Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay.”
This tells me that ALL God’s creation, including animals, are looking forward to the day when God makes the Earth New again, and we can all live without death or hurt or anything rotting away!
The bible also says in Isaiah 11:6-9, “The wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all. The cow and the bear shall eat straw like the ox. And the baby shall play by the cobra’s den and they shall hurt or destroy in My Holy Mountain.”
The Bible has many other places where it talks about animals in Heaven, but I think you can see from this that not only will they be there, but also we will be friends with them.
Maybe your family has never been able to have a pet, the building where you live won’t let you keep one, or someone in your family is allergic to them, well in Heaven you won’t have to worry about that, and you may have the pet you’ve always wanted!
Just think, have you ever wondered what it would be like to ride on the back of a lion?! Or pet a polar bear?! Or run through a field with a pack of zebras?! Well someday, you may just do that!