As I was collecting my passport at the ICA building earlier in the day, I was thinking of the word ‘Passport’. We all know the importance of a passport. A passport states that this person has citizenship in this particular country. It can be quite scary should a person not have citizenship at all. A few months back, the news reported that a Japanese man finally received Singaporean citizenship after two long years of appeal and waiting. Prior to that, this man was stateless. Without a passport (citizenship), a person does not have the backing of his state and he does not enjoy benefits of any sort which comes with the citizenship.
Right in this world today, people of all religions from all over the world spread across the 5 continents have tried all sorts of methods to ‘get their hands on a passport’ to Heaven. It doesn’t matter what religion that person may believe in, all have tried their utmost to earn their way to Heaven.
Some give donations of huge proportions, some do all sorts of sacrificial worship – hurting their own bodies or that of others, some isolate themselves into mediation hoping to receive enlightenment. Christians ourselves sometimes try too hard, serving in 3, 4, 5 ministries hoping to gain God’s favor and have Him resurrect us at the End Times.
However, we fail to realize that the coveted passport we have been searching for all our lives has always been in our hands all along.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Our passport to Heaven was taken from us the day sin entered the world. We were all stateless people, without citizenship, without the backing of the Kingdom of God, without the benefits of spending eternity with God. But God reconciled that by sending Jesus Christ, His only Son to us. Jesus died on the Cross, went to the depths of hell, took our passport (keys) from the very hands of satan, resurrected and handed us all back our passports!
And because of this, the moment we accept Jesus into our hearts, we automatically become citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our passport has been handed to us. We are no longer stateless.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;