In 1960 Eddie Cochran recorded the song “Three steps to heaven”. Ironically the song got to number one in the UK two months after his death. The three steps to heaven that Eddie sang about were: Step one, you find a girl to love. Step two, she falls in love with you. Step three, you kiss and hold her tightly. ”Well,” said Eddie, “this sure feels like heaven to me.” To Eddie Cochran, heaven is what he feels when in the arms of his lover. To him, heaven is an emotion.
What about the heaven of the Bible though? At our guest service in May we saw that the heaven of the Bible is a real place. Yes there is love and joy in heaven, but rather than being what heaven is, these emotions are a result of being in heaven.
It can be said that there are indeed three steps to heaven. The first step is to repent. To repent means to turn. Jesus called people to turn; [“Repent,” he told them, “for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17)] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+4%3A17&version=NIVUK). So the first step to heaven is to turn to Jesus.
The second step is forgiveness. In the book of Acts, chapter 2 v 38, the apostle Peter told a crowd of people, “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…“. Baptism is a sign that we have turned to Jesus, and the moment we repent/turn to him, our sins are forgiven and we are assured a place in heaven.
The third step is to trust in Jesus. This is faith and in the book of Ephesians, chapter 2 v 8 we read, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”.
Three simple steps that lead to heaven and yet only made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Without that act of love no-one could enter into heaven. John 3:16 says this: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”.
Our next guest service is on Sunday 1st July and we’d love to see you there.