Yesterday afternoon I hopped into our gold mini-van with my three daughters and two of their friends. We headed happily down the road toward Ft. Wayne to see “Winter Jam” an annual concert event with 5-6 great Christian bands and a speaker. My girls and I have probably been to 4-5 Winter Jams in the past few years and love it every time. We had been looking forward to it for several months.
The cool thing about Winter Jam is that the tickets are only $10 each. Of course, there is no reserved seating so you have to get there early to get a good seat. We didn’t think about the fact that if enough peeps showed up, you have to get there early to get a seat period. Well, we weren’t as early this year with the 2-hour drive and having to wait until school was out to take off so when we got there, the doors had already opened and there was a mile-long line twisting and winding all through the broad parking lot. At least it was sunny out, even though still chilly. We waited, walked a few steps, waited some more, hoped and hoped as we got closer that before long the line would really start moving and we’d be finding our way to some seats and an awesome evening of music, shouting, standing and clapping, and fun.
A guy came out and started walking from the back of the line up toward where we stood. We heard him telling people something as he walked along. As he got closer we heard him talking about an extra music appearance at a local church following the concert and then he turned to us and said, “You’re not getting in. Sold out show.” After a moment of shock and disbelief, the line started breaking up as the people around us began to wander back to their cars, vans and church buses. We stood there for a moment looking at each other – “What?!” “No way!” We were so disappointed. It was sad to see the other groups being turned away – some who had driven even farther than we did. Well…back to the van. We went to the mall to hang out for a while and still enjoyed being together. It was nothing like the concert would have been, though.
What if we got to the day that Jesus comes back and stood there wondering if we were going to make it in to heaven and to be with Him forever. What if an angel came along the line and said to us “Sorry – there is no more room.” or… “You’re not getting in.” Our hearts would sink in terror and defeat!
Thankfully the Bible says nothing about heaven only holding so many people. There’s room for everyone…everyone that accepts Jesus, that is. Thankfully the cost of getting in isn’t too expensive. In fact, to us it is free – though it cost Jesus his very life-blood. What a comfort and hope in knowing these things. What a motivation to tell others so they won’t be left out! If you have accepted Jesus as God’s son and as the sacrifice for your sin, you get to go in someday. Jesus says in Rev. 3:5, “All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.”
There will be another Winter Jam – maybe we can get in to one next year. However, when the end of time comes and Jesus judges each of us, showing us to our eternal future, I want to get in! I want everyone to be able to get in.