THE TWO MEN THAT DIED
This is a story about two men that died and were headed to their eternal destination. The one man was carrying a white piece of paper in his hand and we will call him “Mr. Saved” the other man that died we are going to call “Mr. Good Guy”. “Mr. Saved” was walking down a road to the right side and “Mr. Good Guy” was walking down a road to the left side. At one point the roads crossed each other and here is where the two men met.
The conversation between the two went something like this;
MR. SAVED – Hi I’m Mr. Saved and I am headed to my eternal destination in Heaven; and who are you?
MR. GOOD GUY – My name is Mr. Good Guy and I am also headed to Heaven. May I ask you Mr. Saved, what is that piece of paper that you are carrying in your hand all about?
MR. SAVED – Oh this says Mr. Saved! This paper is my testimony showing that I am saved. You see this use to be all black; covered with sin. And when Jesus saved me He washed away all of my sins with His blood and made me all clean; so you see that is why this is now all white as snow, because I have put all of my faith and trust in Christ alone.
As the conversation continues Mr. Saved begins to fold up his paper
** INSTRUCTIONS – Begin folding your paper as shown in Fig. 1 thru 4 above while carrying on with the story at the same time.
MR. SAVED – May I ask you Mr. Good Guy, how are you going to get into Heaven?
MR. GOOD GUY – Well I am going to get into heaven because I have been a really good man. I went to church every Sunday, I read my Bible, prayed and I even joined a church and got baptized.
MR. SAVED – Well no doubt those are all really good things. But what did you do with Jesus?
MR. GOOD GUY – What do you mean what did I do with Jesus? I didn’t do anything with him.
MR. SAVED – Well the Bible teaches that we must all put our total faith and trust in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior to get us into heaven. He was the one that died on the cross, so we must go to Him personally, individually, and confess to Him that we are a hopelessly lost sinner and ask His forgiveness. You see He paid the penalty for our sins so that we could be saved by simply asking for forgiveness and accepting the free gift of eternal life that He has provided for us through His death, burial and resurrection. Going to church, reading our bibles and praying are all good things that we should do.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Mr. Saved shows his paper to Mr. Good Guy. By this time your paper should look like Fig. #3
MR. SAVED – See this? It reminds me of my church where I went forward in a service and asked Jesus to forgive me and wash away all of my sin. The things that you did are good, but those things alone will not save us. Jesus came here for a reason, and that was because you and I cannot possibly be perfect and do everything exactly right every time. Only Jesus can do that. He shed His blood to pay the penalty for our sins so that we could be rescued from an eternity in Hell. And because I have done that I am now taking my Heavenly flight to be with Him forever. See my paper; it looks like an airplane doesn’t it?
** INSTRUCTIONS – By this time your paper should look like Fig. #4. You should fold the flaps down to make it look like an airplane.
Mr. Good Guy thought that maybe he needed some of the paper that Mr. Saved was carrying so He asked him for a piece.
MR. SAVED – Well I‘ll give you some but it won’t do you any good. This is my testimony not yours.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Tear off only one strip of paper as shown in Fig. #4 This should be the same as the fold line for the airplane wings. Choose someone to hold these pieces of paper. Tell them that they must not lose any of the pieces.
NOTE: Tear off the paper as straight as you can, you do not need to cut the paper with a scissors.
MR. GOOD GUY – Well I believe that I will get into Heaven even if I didn’t ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me. You’ll see! Being a good person and getting baptized will get me there.
Mr. Good Guy looked at the little bit of paper that he had and felt that maybe he should have some more so he asked Mr. Saved for more.
MR. SAVED – Well I’ll give you more, but like I said before it will not do you any good. Unless a person asks Jesus to come into their heart and be their Savior all the good works in the world cannot save them.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Tear off the second strip of paper as shown in Fig. #4. Give these pieces to the same person that you handed the first torn pieces to with the same instructions not to lose any of the pieces.
After having finished their conversation they said good-bye to each other and went on their way. After some time Mr. Saved came up to a beautiful white pearly gate and knocked on it to let someone know that he had arrived. An Angel opened a peephole in the door and asked –
ANGEL – Can I help you?
MR. SAVED – Yes! I am Mr. saved and I have arrived to enter into Heaven.
ANGEL – One minute while I look in the Lambs Book of Life to see if your name is in it. The Angel pages through the book – Saved, Saved – ah here it is! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13) The Angel opens the door and says – I found your name in the book of life and you are permitted to enter in.
Mr. Saved walks in and hands his paper to the Angel.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Select someone to be the angel and have them hold this last remaining piece of paper, be sure to tell them not to open it until you ask them to.
Moments later Mr. Good Guy arrives and He too knocks on the door and the Angel opens the peep hole and asks;
ANGEL – May I help you?
MR. GOOD GUY – Yes my name is Mr. Good Guy and I have these papers to help me to get into this place.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Have the first person that you gave the two strips of torn paper to hold them up for everyone to see.
ANGEL – One minute while I look in the Lambs Book of Life to see if your name is in it. The Angel pages through the book – Good Guy, Good Guy, – Hmm, I can’t seem to find it.
The Angel opens the peep hole again and says –
ANGEL – I’m sorry but I can’t seem to find your name in the Lambs Book of Life.
MR. GOOD GUY – I’m certain that it is in there and like I said before I also have these papers to help me get in.
ANGEL – I’ll tell you what we will do. If you step around to the side where you will see a small booth, I will meet you there to look over your papers.
After they meet the Angel takes the papers and begins to open them up. The Angel lays them in order while talking to Mr. Good Guy.
ANGEL – You know that just being a good person is not enough to get you into Heaven. If it could, then Jesus would not have needed to die on the cross; would He? People would have done like you and just gone out and joined a church and gotten baptized. But the Bible teaches that GOD sent His only begotten Son to die for you. It also teaches that if we reject the Son then we have also rejected the Father. Jesus said that no man can come unto the Father but by me. And because you have not done what GOD wanted you to do by putting your complete faith and Trust in His Son then I’m afraid that your papers say that you are going to spend an eternity in Hell.
** INSTRUCTIONS – By this time you should have all of the strips of paper opened and arranged to spell the words HELL.
Mr. Good Guy then gets angry and slams his fist down on the table and says –
Mr. Good Guy – I got these papers from that Mr. Saved and if I am going to hell then he is going there also.
ANGEL – Wait one minute. Mr. Saved was here a moment ago and handed me his piece of paper which is his testimony. Let’s open it to see how he got into Heaven and you didn’t.
** INSTRUCTIONS – Get the person who is acting as the angel to carefully open the last remaining piece of paper without tearing it. Tell them to hold it up after they open it for everyone to see.
ANGEL – You see; the only way to get into Heaven is by the way of the cross through Jesus Christ and Him only. There is no other way. If you reject Him then there is no hope for you. All of the good works that man can think of doing will not help him. Did joining a church die on the cross?
MR. GOOD GUY – No!
ANGEL – Did baptism die on the cross?
MR. GOOD GUY – No!
ANGEL – So you see Mr. Good Guy. Every person must make a decision to either accept what Jesus did for them and believe and trust in Him to save them or they will spend an eternity in hell.
Now it is your turn to decide. Who do you choose to be like; Mr. Good Guy who trusted in his good works or Mr. Saved who trusted in Jesus to get him to Heaven? The choice really is yours, no one can make it for you.
If you are ready to trust in the Lord to be saved, then I ask that you follow along in prayer and repeat after me.
Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven and I accept your free gift of eternal life. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!
If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to save you, then we praise God for you.
You should write down the:
of your decision. Record this information in your Bible as a record of that decision. It is part of your testimony.
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May the Lord bless you with His peace!