There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold.
And she’s buying the stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she’s buying the stairway to heaven.
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin is one of those really well known songs that I just don’t understand. Great piece of music, but the lyrics are a complete mystery to me. There’s someone in there about “a bustle in your hedgerow”. I mean really, what’s that supposed to mean? I don’t have a clue here. But I am intrigued by this idea of a stairway to heaven. That somewhere there’s this massive staircase you can walk up, up through the clouds, until you get to the top and there’s this whopping big sign that says “Welcome To Heaven!” I really doubt that a stairway like is exists but it’s a fascinating idea.
Because I have a lot of questions about heaven. How do I get to heaven? If there’s no stairway, is there an elevator? What will heaven look like? Will it be all clouds with guys in funny dresses and wings? What will I look like in heaven? Will I look like myself or do I get to join the funky halo club? But the biggest question for me, the question that takes precedence over all the other questions is: Am I going to heaven?
All the other questions are trivial really. I’ll find out the answer when I get there. If I get there. I mean, how can I be sure that God will let me in? Why should he let me in? I’m just some nobody and he’s God. Is there something I can be doing now, in this life, to ensure I get into heaven? For me, this is a really important question. Because one day I’m going to die. And I can ensure you, I’m not looking forward to it. But one day it’s going to happen. And then what? I want to go to heaven. I’m told it’s the best place to spend the afterlife. But I have some doubts. Am I good enough? Have I met God’s selection criteria? Do I need to hand in an application form with a photo ID and three references?
In this series I’m going to be tackling the big question about heaven: How can I be sure I’m going to heaven? I’ll be investigating the afterlife options, God’s entry criteria for heaven, and finally, what God has done to change the rules of the game. At the end of the day, you can be sure about where you’re spending eternity. And it all has to do with Jesus.
Excerpt from “Am I Going To Heaven – Part 5? The Guarantee“:
… At some point, each of us is going to stand before God. And God will ask “Why should I let you into my heaven?”…The only answer that will count for anything is JESUS. Lord, I believe in your son Jesus. I believe he died in my place. I believe that he has taken care of the punishment that my sin deserves. I believe that because of Jesus that you’ve already welcomed me into your family.
And God will reply with an emphatic YES. Yes, you are my child. Yes Jesus has prepared a place in my heaven. Yes you can come in, even though we both know you don’t deserve it. Welcome! More ….
Written by Joel A Moroney
Associate Minister at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Liverpool, Australia
Am I Going To Heaven? (Part 1) : The big Question
Am I Going To Heaven? (Part 2) : What Are My Afterlife Options?
Am I Going To Heaven? (Part 3) : What Are the Entry Requirements For Heaven?
Am I Going To Heaven? (Part 4) : The Only Way
Am I Going To Heaven? (Part 5) : The Guarantee