The cry often goes out, “It’s not fair!” People use that phrase when they see others getting more or better. A co-worker gets a raise and you don’t. A classmate gets an A but cheated. The person ahead of you was going the same speed but the police officer stopped you. It’s not fair!
What about heaven? Is it fair if Jesus welcomes a believer to heaven if that person was a death bed convert? Is it fair if Jesus welcomes a murderer to heaven who has confessed his sin and his faith in Jesus as his Savior? Is it fair if such people are in heaven right alongside those who were believers their whole life?
Such is the point that Jesus is trying to get across: Heaven is heaven – and it’s a gift from the gracious giver. Heaven is not a matter of how long one was a believer but a matter of repentance and faith in Jesus. Each and every one of us deserves the eternal death penalty, but because of God’s grace he grants eternal life to all who believe! Not only does this inspire our thanks and praise but also our rejoicing for every soul who believes! You’re right it’s not fair – it’s grace!