On a trip through the CanadianÂ Rockies, I was awed by the majesticÂ mountains and captivating scenery.Â We have a living, powerful, creativeÂ God who has made a wonderfulÂ world.
Beside the Yellowhead Highway,Â near Banff, is a sign showing theÂ location of the Continental Divide.Â At this point in the mountains,Â water flows either to the AtlanticÂ Ocean or to the Pacific Ocean. AÂ raindrop in the mountains may fallÂ on one side of the divide. It will joinÂ with other raindrops, trickling intoÂ a mountain stream, gushing into aÂ river and finally foaming into theÂ Atlantic Ocean. Another drop falls,Â potentially only millimeters away,Â on the other side of the divide. ItÂ will join with other drops, slowlyÂ gather momentum, flow into aÂ mountain stream, on into a rushingÂ river and finally into the PacificÂ Ocean. A similar origin, but veryÂ different destinations.
The Continental Divide separatesÂ raindrops. In a similar way, the crossÂ divides people. The cross is whereÂ the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son ofÂ the living God, laid down His lifeÂ to pay the penalty for our sins. HeÂ freely gave Himself for us. All whoÂ accept His gift will be made right forÂ Heaven.
So just as the Continental DivideÂ directs raindrops to their finalÂ destination, the cross is the pointÂ where your ultimate destiny isÂ determined. If you believe on theÂ Lord Jesus Christ and trust Him asÂ your Lord and Saviour, then youÂ know you are Heaven bound. If youÂ reject the work of the Lord Jesus, inÂ the time you are given, your finalÂ destination will be Hell.
When the Lord Jesus Christ wasÂ on the cross, two thieves wereÂ also crucified, one on either sideÂ of Him. The cross divided theÂ thieves in both their attitudes andÂ their final destinations. One thiefÂ believed that the Lord Jesus wasÂ going to die for him. He believedÂ that the price for his sins would beÂ paid. The Lord declared â€œToday shaltÂ thou be with Me in paradiseâ€ (LukeÂ 23:43). The thief on the otherÂ side of the Lord rejected Him. HeÂ mocked the Lord Jesus and did notÂ accept Him as Lord and Saviour.Â That thief would find himself inÂ Hell.
What is your final destination?Â Will you, one day, like the believingÂ thief, be in Heaven?
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