We’ll all be back together after all.

We’ll all be back together after all.

We’ll all be back together after all.

This is a song about how we will all be back together after all…

You know I used to worry about one thing then another
And what was going to happen after all this life was over
Would I ever see my wife again, my family or my friends
Or would I spend my afterlife in dreaded loneliness

After all my trials and troubles
After all my fears
After all my doubts and worries
After all my tears
After all my years on this world
Where was I to go
And what’s the point of living…after all.

Then I found out about Jesus
And how He gave His life for me
How He left to prepare a place
And I no longer fear
I know we’ll be together after all.

After all my trials and troubles
After all my fears
After all my doubts and worries
After all my tears
After all my years on this world
I know where I will go.
We’ll all be back together after all.

After all the tears
After all the years
We’ll all be back together after all.

After all is said
After all is done
After all’s forgiven
We’ll all be back together after all.

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The focus passage of this sermon can be hard to embrace. It speaks of a narrow door, few entering the door and the fact that the door will close. Traditionally this has been interpreted as meaning “if you believe in Jesus, you are saved. If not, you are damned, no ifs, ands or buts.” Heaven for those who believe hell for those who don’t. But is this truly what Jesus was teaching about salvation? What can we say about salvation and who does enter the narrow door. There are five considerations:

1. Jesus is the only way into the Kingdom.
Religions don’t save. Good works don’t save. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. There are not may ways. The door is not wide. Some might think that this is intolerant, but whatever a person believes is narrow. All beliefs are singular. Even if you believe that all religions lead to God, this belief is just as narrow as any other. Jesus was saying that He is the only way to the Father, not just one of the good guys doing good things, but God himself here on earth.

2. Jesus is the light of the world.
The man Jesus incarnated this light, but even more so, wherever light is found He is the light that is found. Whatever light people have is from Jesus. God is working to give light to all. To the extent people are seeing the light of truth; it is Jesus working in them.

3. God wants all to be saved.
God’s dream is for every person to participate in the Kingdom. God is at work in every human heart, trying to get them to open up to Him.

4. Many in the Bible end up in the Kingdom who didn’t consciously know Jesus.
In the Old Testament some outside lineage of Jacob like Melchezedik, Jethro, Rahab, and Job were considered participants in God’s Kingdom. They were sinners in need of Jesus as much as anyone else.

5. Assurance of entering the Kingdom at the end of the age is given only to those who are now living in the Kingdom.
God is working in all people, and therefore there is hope for the entire world, but the only assurance is for those who are in a real relationship with Christ that is those who are being saved now. The New Testament only celebrates the death of Christians. With regard to everyone else we say, “I don’t know.”

In fact, the New Testament doesn’t focus on escaping destruction at end of age. It focuses on getting right with God now, being saved now, and entering the Kingdom now. Instead of, “Will I be saved, live in the Kingdom, or dance in the love of God in the future? We must ask, am I doing this now? If you are, you don’t have to worry about the end.

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