The San Diego KAABOO offers a 3 day festival of food, music, comedy and alcohol—oh yes, don’t forget the booze; Americans have convinced themselves they function better after drinking spirits. What they too often get is negative behavior that is blatantly spirituous, not spiritual.
That happened in September, 2016. Naturally, it occurred around 11 PM, after the crowd had become soused with suds. Naturally, it occurred when patrons wanted to enter a venue that had already reached capacity. Naturally, they insisted on entering, whatever the rules were about overcrowding. Naturally, behavior turned ugly and riotous. And, naturally, sheriff deputies arrived, shot pepper spray, arrested ringleaders and, from a helicopter, ordered the crowd to disperse. San Diego U-T, 9/19/16
It all resulted in arrests of a few, fear in a number of people, criticism of the security arrangements and the usual political promise to never let it happen again.
Which brings us to Heaven and what will happen when people want to enter but CAN’T and WON’T. Not because Heaven is overflowing with people, though Jesus said God’s House will be full, but because they don’t QUALIFY to enter. They haven’t paid the price of admission—which is nothing more or less than submission to Jesus Christ’s Saviorhood and Lordship.
A word of warning to those not qualified: no pushing and shoving, demanding entrance or declaring you’ll get in OR ELSE, will matter.
When, on Christ’s order, angels welcome us, we enter. When, at his direction they reject us, we vanish. We don’t hang around in the shadows awaiting a chance to skip by a harried angel. At the end of the Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis differentiated it as the SMILE Jesus gives welcoming and FROWN he expresses rejecting in wrath. However it happens, no one storms the gates to enter the Holy City. Count on it. Prepare to be welcomed by confessing Jesus Christ and being baptized. Prepare to be cast into outer darkness without it.