CHRIST, OUR CONNECTION TO HEAVEN
                                                         John 6:32-40

  Introduction

        A.  The connection between heaven and us is Christ.  Illustration using lamp.

        B.  It is impossible to go to heaven without Christ.

        C.  Let’s consider the connection of Christ to heaven.

    I.  Christ proceeded from heaven.  John 6:33,38; 1 Corinthians 15:45-47

         A.  Why did Christ come to earth from heaven?

               1.  Because of the condition of humans.  Romans 3:23; 6:23a

                    Sin-
                    
                    Short of the Glory of God-

                    Wages-

                     Death-

                2.  Christ came to earth from heaven to bring us into a relationship with God. 
                      2 Corinthians 5:21

   II.  Christ purchased us for heaven.  John 6:33,40

         A.  Since humans were alienated from God, we needed a Savior.

               1.  Christ is the only Savior.  John 14:6; Hebrews 5:9-10; Mark 16:15-16;
                     Romans 6:23

  III.  Christ taught about heaven. 

         A.  He taught us how to get there.  John 14:5,2,6. How to prepare. Matthew 6:19-20

  IV.  Christ is preparing heaven for us.  John 14:1-3

         A.  For nearly two thousand years.

         B.  He is coming again to take the saved to heaven.  1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
  Conclusion:  When Christ returns, are you going to heaven with Him?