The Great Divide

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On a trip through the Canadian Rockies, I was awed by the majestic mountains and captivating scenery. We have a living, powerful, creative God who has made a wonderful world.

Beside the Yellowhead Highway, near Banff, is a sign showing the location of the Continental Divide. At this point in the mountains, water flows either to the Atlantic Ocean or to the Pacific Ocean. A raindrop in the mountains may fall on one side of the divide. It will join with other raindrops, trickling into a mountain stream, gushing into a river and finally foaming into the Atlantic Ocean. Another drop falls, potentially only millimeters away, on the other side of the divide. It will join with other drops, slowly gather momentum, flow into a mountain stream, on into a rushing river and finally into the Pacific Ocean. A similar origin, but very different destinations.

The Continental Divide separates raindrops. In a similar way, the cross divides people. The cross is where the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, laid down His life to pay the penalty for our sins. He freely gave Himself for us. All who accept His gift will be made right for Heaven.

So just as the Continental Divide directs raindrops to their final destination, the cross is the point where your ultimate destiny is determined. If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and trust Him as your Lord and Saviour, then you know you are Heaven bound. If you reject the work of the Lord Jesus, in the time you are given, your final destination will be Hell.

When the Lord Jesus Christ was on the cross, two thieves were also crucified, one on either side of Him. The cross divided the thieves in both their attitudes and their final destinations. One thief believed that the Lord Jesus was going to die for him. He believed that the price for his sins would be paid. The Lord declared “Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). The thief on the other side of the Lord rejected Him. He mocked the Lord Jesus and did not accept Him as Lord and Saviour. That thief would find himself in Hell.

What is your final destination? Will you, one day, like the believing thief, be in Heaven?

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