What a blessing this afternoon was. Never before had I sat with a sign in front of my garage which asked, “Are You Going to heaven?” Today (June 5, 2016) was the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic—a good time to see people passing my garage, as we live one long block from one of the most popular places for people to watch the race—atop the “Manayunk Wall.” I sat in one of two chairs for about 3 hours, and three “passers-by” sat in the other chair. Not everyone sat, however. Some volunteer while passing that they were on their way to heaven (“I’m going”, “I believe I am good”, “I don’t think God would not let me in”, “Yes I am thank you”, “I’m going to heaven”, “We sure are; we’re Catholics and sure are,” etc). Others said they were on their way to hell (“I’m definitely going to hell”, “I don’t think I want to know”, “I definitely am not going to heaven”, and “Sorry, I know I’m not.” Still others were in-between (“I hope I’m going to heaven”).
A neighbor passed with his dog “Monty” (short for “Monster”). A stranger blurted out, “Heaven and hell are on earth now;” another laughed. A police officer from the “Counter Terrorism Network” (Truck # S706) asked me if I knew of a clean place for him to go to the bathroom.” I let him use ours. Below are 3 very positive encounters:
1. Jill was the first to sit. I asked her if she were to die tonight and stand before her Maker (Creator) and if He were to ask her, “Why should I let you into my heaven?”, how would you answer. She, a Roman Catholic, she was trusting in her good works. I told her that the only Perfect One was the Lord Jesus and that she needed His Garment of Perfect Righteousness over her shoulders—the only ticket to heaven. I referred explicitly to Jeremiah 23:6, where it says that a name for the Promised Messiah would be the LORD “OUR” Righteousness and that His Righteousness needs to cover over us, received by faith. She was positively affected and wanted also to see and hold my 2,000-year-old coins. Three others were there, too—one being Jewish (Mark). Another told him that he couldn’t be saved, but I said we don’t know. Maybe Mark will change his mind. I told Mark to watch my 90-minute debate with Rabbi Singer on YouTube. He looked it up on his cell then and there and showed me the picture of me in what came up. He said the whole group would be watching it later—when they get back—maybe on a larger screen. The fellow who originally was skeptical about Mark entering heaven wanted to shake my hand near the end. I allowed him to join my “Elbow Club” (touching elbows). Another young lady present also wanted a copy of my coin tract. I gave my email address.
2. Cameron (from Germantown) came and sat. He, too, was relying on his record. I told him that his only hope was to be clothed in Jesus’ Perfect Robe of Righteousness, received by faith. He said it made sense and took a Gospel of John (and my phone number).
3. Christine sat to take the test. Her husband, Tom, stood listening. I don’t remember the details, but it probably was very similar to the above. Talking to Tom directly, I told him about his namesake (the Apostle Thomas), who had been doubtful but eventually addressed Jesus in faith with “my Lord and my God” (Jn 20:28). He wanted to shake my hand. I think both were positively affected.
Lord Jesus, please take these feeble encounters and use them for You Father’s glory and for their lasting good.