For years now, CBS has promoted their coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by calling it “The Road To The Final Four.” The Final Four is the promised land of college basketball—a goal to which all aspire, but one which only a few attain. There is, however, an infinitely more important destination—heaven—and it is available to anyone who desires to come.
What makes heaven such a challenging destination? The problem is our sin. Our rebellion against God has caused us to be unfit for life in His heavenly kingdom. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor or to somehow achieve His forgiveness. The road to heaven is blocked by our own spiritual failure and wrongdoing. The Bible tells us, however, that God’s love for people is such that He doesn’t desire for anyone to face eternal punishment, but for all to come to Him for the forgiveness of sins (2 Peter 3:9). In fact, He didn’t just desire for us to know Him or to received eternal life. He did something about it. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world in order to make a road to heaven for us. To do that, Jesus, who had never sinned, died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins. The apostle Paul put it this way, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) We could never make our own way to heaven, but Jesus suffered our punishment and, literally became the Way for us. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6). That is the extent of God’s love for us.
Right now, all the talk in the sports world is about the road to the Final Four, but Jesus came to become our road to Heaven. He is the only Way. To read more on this important subject, check out these Discovery Series booklets (they are a free download; just cut and paste the link into your browser):
“Does God Grade On A Curve? Passing Life’s Final Exam” at
“The Forgiveness of God” at
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain