YOUR OWN TICKET

She was no psychic; she was far from delusional.  There was nothing in her demeanor that threw up a red flag in my mind throughout our conversation.  She was a retired schoolteacher with very good balance in her rationale.

The story began as she said, “There is a picture of my husband.  He died about a year ago sitting there on the couch.  They made every effort to bring him back, but there was no recovering.  It was obvious; I just had to release him in accordance with his wishes.  I miss him terribly.”

“I must tell you about my dream.  I was walking in an airport… in fact, both of us.  He was young again.  He possessed all of the qualities of youth: erect, handsome, a full head of hair, and a smile as big as all outdoors.  I realized that he was not standing with me, just a little ways removed from me.  He held two tickets in his hand.  Suddenly, he turned and headed into a lighted area… it was beautiful to behold and so I tried to follow.  He disappeared into that area before I reached him.  In that moment I realized I did not have a ticket and that I would have to procure my own.  I must make it alone on my own.”

I have read on the subject of dreams and their interpretation.  Though the reading was interesting enough to finish the books, I cannot admit to being enamored with the conclusions.  She sensed that she would now be alone and would have to make it through the remainder of her life on her own.

Naturally, I was not about to let our conversation stop at this point.  Corporate and individual responsibility is as far apart as night and day.  While we are all sinners by nature and by choice, (Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”; we are individually responsible and accountable to God.  The context of the passage leads us to that 26th verse where we read: “That He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  One must take care of his or her ticket in this sense; Jesus Christ paid for the purchase price in His death on Calvary, BUT we must take possession of it in faith.  “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus 3:5, 6 NASB)  Jesus purchased the ticket and the most that we can do is receive the ticket; His gift of salvation in Christ.

He stands with outstretched arms, saying ever so simply: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB)

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