I watched The Maltese Falcon again recently. It’s a typical Bogart movie, full of twists and turns, and some awesome one-liners. It’s worth watching.
When I thought about the movie, I was reminded that another one is currently in the theaters entitled Heaven Is For Real. I believe it is a dramatization of an alleged account of a boy who died, visited heaven and returned to his body. My hope is that the exclusivity of the gospel is clearly portrayed in the movie. I’d bet my last dollar that a more pluralistic message is communicated, namely, that there are multiple ways to heaven rather than just one.
At the conclusion of The Maltese Falcon, the item in question was finally unveiled. However, the falcon was a cheap replica, not the priceless original. Everyone was disappointed.
How different will the response be when saints arrive in heaven!
Jesus will not disappoint. Heaven will fulfill our wildest dreams. Promises will become reality. But this glory awaits those for whom it has been prepared. Heaven is the home for the people of God; those bought by the blood of Christ (1 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 1:5).
Our Lord used the imagery of attire when discussing this subject. The message of the parable of the wedding feast is difficult to hear (Mt. 22:1-14). There is a general call of the gospel (“many are called”) and a specific call of the gospel (“few are chosen”). The invitation is broadcast, but the appropriate clothes are required.
“Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?” Matthew 22:12
What clothes are acceptable to the King? The righteousness of His son. Our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight (Is. 64:6; Rom. 3:23). We desperately need our sin to be exchanged for the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:8). Without that exchange, we, too, will be told that we are unwelcome at the feast.
So–what are you wearing? Are you clothed in the righteousness of Christ, or are you continuing to think that your good works are sufficient to please a holy God who demands perfection?
Think on it.