How to possess the Life?

Flower of lily of the valley in natural light

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:12.

Preparations for filming were just being set up in front of the building complex of a large residence for senior citizens. The man responsible explained to me that this was where one of the scenes of a ninety-minute film entitled “The Second Chance” would be shot. I responded, “May I hand you this to read?” and gave him a tract with the title: “Do you know Jesus Christ?” “This is about a chance, too,” I added, “Jesus Christ is the only chance for the lost to be saved from hell and get to heaven.” The man looked at me astonished, but he and his colleagues accepted the tracts.

There is indeed no other chance of getting to know God except by Jesus Christ, who said of Himself: “I am the way” (John 14:6). This offer must be taken during one’s life. And God gives everyone enough time. He waits and speaks to us through the Bible and His messengers, through illness or serious, sometimes dreadful experiences. “Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life” (Job 33:29.30).

Whoever misses this chance will not have another. We die only once, as is well known, and beyond the grave there is only God’s judgment, no “second chance” to put things in order with God. Jesus Christ said, “He who hears my word and believes in him who sent me has everlasting life and shall not come into judgment” (John 5:24). The door of grace is still open, but with death it closes – for ever (cf. Hebrews 9:27).