Mel works at Global Associates. Over the years, she’s received many letters from John Jacobs Senior, the building’s owner. John Jacobs Junior has also sent letters. In fact, he’s visited the building, but Mel has never seen more than news coverage of it. “He could be anybody,” she’s always says. “There’s no proof that he’s John Jacobs Junior, or that there is a John Jacobs Junior…or Senior for that matter.” Many times, she’s heard of a package down in the mail room for her from the Jacobses. Everyone has been offered an identical parcel, and Mel knows what’s in it: a key to the Jacobs’ penthouse…if there is such a thing. You see, Mel never sees beyond the office, and has never bothered to accept the gift she hardly believes is real.
Then there’s Dave. Like Mel, he’s heard of John Jacobs Senior and Junior and has received many letters. He believes that the Jacobses exist and that the penthouse is the real deal. And while he realizes it’s there, he doesn’t believe in the key. Instead, he insists that his own set of keys can and will open the door. He believes that anyone’s own key will fit and open the front gate.
Brittany doesn’t believe in the Jacobses, the penthouse, or the key. She believes there is Global Associates, her life, and that is it.
Tony, on the other hand, hasn’t met Jacobs Jr., but they’ve been corresponding. See, they’re friends now because John Jacobs Junior gave him the key to his dad’s penthouse. Tony hasn’t gone yet, but he knows that when he gets there, the gate will open.
Carrie has never heard of the Jacobses, though she works in their building and there are pictures of them everywhere. At this moment, someone is on their way over to tell her about the Jacobses and the key.
You see, Jesus is God the Son, and God the Father sent him down to die and come back to life (as a sacrifice), so that we might have the gift of forgiveness…a free pardon…a key to heaven. You can believe the key exists. But believing in the key without accepting it won’t open Heaven’s gates. You can believe that any old key will open the Gates. But any old key won’t. You can go on not believing in the gift. But when you get to the Gates, you will be shown away. But hopefully you have accepted the free gift of salvation through Christ Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death. But the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“For if you confess with your mouth that Christ Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
That’s the key. As for those who haven’t heard…are YOU going to tell them about this free gift?