In 1994 Northwest Airlines offered some unusual round-trip passages aboard one of their planes. Fifty-nine dollars bought a “Mystery Fare” ticket that provided a one-day trip to an unknown American city. Buyers didn’t find out where they were heading until they arrived at the airport the day of the flight. Still, the airline had plenty of takers. In Indianapolis fifteen hundred people crowded the airline counter to buy the Mystery Fare tickets that were sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
Not surprisingly, when buyers learned their destination, not all of them were thrilled. One buyer who was hoping for a trip to New Orleans was especially disappointed when he found out that he had a ticket to Minneapolis instead. He walked through the terminal yelling, “I’ve got one ticket to the Mall of America. I’ll trade for anything!”
Mystery Fare tickets may be a fun surprise for a weekend vacation, but normally the last thing you want is a ticket to a mystery destination. And the one time you never want a Mystery ticket is on the day of your death. You don’t want to face eternity uncertain about whether you will go to heaven or hell!
Thankfully, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and have remained faithful to him can be sure of their eternal destination. Romans 8:1 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Hebrews 9:27-28 says, “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”
Don’t take that trip to eternity without knowing where you are going! Remove all doubt by trusting Jesus as your Savior—today and every day!