I was present to see the birth of the digital password. It was so easy back then. The password I created for my first PC was, “password.”
Not so easy now. To log on I need to supply a username and a password with at least 8 characters, using upper and lower case letters, a number, a symbol and maybe a rude exclamation or two!
They are so complicated that I type in my password from my cheat sheet and still get it wrong. I pretty much hate cusswords, I mean passwords.
So, I had a terrible thought the other day – What if heaven is password protected?
Suppose I am out mowing the lawn when the big one hits. (I should have listened to my wife and gotten a riding lawnmower.) Instantaneously I find myself standing outside the gate of heaven at a kiosk with a digital device.
I was in a cloud needing to access the cloud.
“Oh, OK I guess I need to log in. Let’s see um: User name? Jimj worked for me on earth, but wait. Revelation 2:17 says that we will get a new name in heaven. Oh no! Well – what is it? I guess I’ll just try Jimj@paradise.com.
Password? What? – I need a password to get in? Wow – Maybe it’s that special word the soldiers of Ephraim used to cross the Jordan in Judges 12. What was it? ‘Shibboleth.'” or “Sibboleth?
Oh no – what if this is one of those deals where the password has got to be changed every 3 months – for eternity? How many is that?
OK let me hit enter. Click: ACCESS DENIED. I’ll change the lower to an upper case: ACCESS DENIED. Let me add the chapter and verse reference from Judges: ACCESS DENIED. What if I throw in a pound sign? ACCESS DENIED.”
After 4 attempts, a terrifying, heart stopping, message flashes across the screen. ‘Account is locked.’ And I begin to uncontrollably sob until I am told that there is no crying in heaven.”
Back to reality: There actually is a password that we need to get into heaven. It isn’t Baptist or Catholic or Methodist and it can’t be Presbyterian cause it has more than 8 characters. It isn’t goodguy or churchman, or altarboy or piouspal.
It’s Jesus. Just Jesus with a capital J and Jesus alone. Nothing added – nothing taken away.
Peter understood this. He had been involved in the healing of a lame man and was therefore called on the carpet by the same crew that had crucified Jesus a couple of months earlier. They demanded, “By what name did you do this?”
Peter answered, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today for a good deed done to a sick man—by what means this man was healed— let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, this man stands before you healthy.” Oh, Jesus is responsible you say!
Peter went on, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:7-12 NETBible.com
His name is Jesus and there is no other by which we can be saved.
Jesus is the name that opens the doors of heaven for we who have placed our faith in Him. We acknowledge Him as the Son of God whose death on the cross, covered our debt of sin and gave us peace with God.
It is Jesus, and it’s OK to share this password with others!
A PRAYER: Thank you Father for making the entry to heaven so simple – just Jesus.
This has been Jim Johnson with pickleheavenpress.com
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.