Though much new information has recently come to light, the whereabouts of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 are still unknown at the time of this writing. What happened to the plane and its 239 passengers is still a mystery.
Theories abound – a mechanical failure, human error, terrorists, political intrigue, even aliens. Who knows if we will ever discover what actually happened on Flight 370? It may end up getting filed as one of history’s great unsolved mysteries.
History’s greatest mystery, however, has nothing to do with a crime or disappearance. It isn’t Amelia Earhart’s missing plane or whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The greatest mystery of all-time, the great unknown for man, is what will happen to me when I die.
Theories abound. Some say death is the end. Others say we are reincarnated. Some say everyone goes to heaven (or something like heaven). Others say we will enjoy paradise here on earth. Still others teach that we become gods ourselves. Theories abound, but many are left wondering and worrying about that fateful day when they breathe their last.
God doesn’t want you wondering or worrying, and so he has revealed to you the mystery. Like a friend who tells you how a movie ends before you’ve seen it, God tells us the end of our life’s story. In his Word, he reveals the truth behind life’s greatest mystery.
In Hebrews 9:27, he tells us that “man is destined to die once, and after that face judgment.” Death is not the end. You will not come back as a cow. No souls are left here on earth to wander. When you die, you will face your Maker to be judged. You will be put on trial.
That in and of itself can be a scary proposition, especially when God tells us that he has a book in which is written everything you have ever thought, said or done. The evidence is clear. We have failed to be what God made us to be. We are guilty.
But that is why Jesus came. Jesus allowed himself to be declared guilty in our place. God the Father punished him for our crimes. Therefore, we are justified by faith (Romans 5:1).
To justify means “to declare innocent.” All those who believe in Jesus have been declared innocent of all charges. You don’t have to worry or wonder what the Judge will say to you on the day you die. You have already been declared innocent. Heaven is yours.
There really is no mystery. Jesus himself tells us, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). If you believe in Jesus as your Savior, God gives you the gift of eternal life in heaven. Those who reject him, however, will receive the guilty verdict we all deserve and be condemned to the horror of hell forever.
The disappearance of Flight 370 may go down as one of history’s great mysteries. We may never know what happened on that flight. Thankfully, God has revealed to us the greatest mystery of all time. You don’t have to wonder or worry about what will happen to you when you die. Through faith in Jesus, you are going to heaven. Mystery solved.