Bible Verse: “Great is thy mercy toward me; and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.” (Psalms 86:13)

David was acquainted with hell. He created his own, many times. Like most of us, he desired the things of the world. He wanted power, fame, an extravagant lifestyle, control of his enemies, beautiful women, and all the rest. He was a man of great power, endowed by God with many talents and privileges, but when he fell from grace, it was a long way to the bottom.

There is a new movie being advertised, “After Earth”. It features Will Smith and his son in a post-apocalyptic world. Earth has been destroyed and replaced by a new earth, waiting to be inhabited. But, that’s not a new idea. Two thousand years ago, God sent Jesus into the world to inhabit earth for a short time. With Jesus’ death, God gave us a new beginning; forgiveness for sins; hope for the future; help in distress; grace, joy, peace, and unconditional love.

In essence, He gave us a new earth. And with that new earth, He gave us a doorway to heaven, which is our “after earth”. We are invited to live with God, in His home, forever!

What comes after earth? It can be a spacious, light filled sanctuary, or a dark abyss. What will we choose?

Choose God who waits for us at Door No. 1.

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