The Best Passport 最佳的护照

Last week, a travel survey came up with something quite unexpected. The Malaysian passport is the sixth best passport to have, based on the number of countries it will get you in visa-free! We are on par with the United States, Canada and Greece, and one rank better than Australia and New Zealand. Sounds good! Why then, I wonder, do I still need a visa to get into Canada, the US, Australia, India, China and Japan? The fact is, although our passport gives us visa-free entry into some nations, we will probably not visit them in a hurry, like North Korea or some war-torn countries in the Middle East. Singapore, on the other hand, has the most powerful passport in the world. As I join the long passport queues at the airports in Australia, I sometimes look at them with a bit of envy as they walk through the automated gate. My Malaysian pride takes a knock.
But hey, there is an even better passport than that! The holders belong to a Kingdom not defined by physical borders on earth. Their King is Jesus. Their citizenship is heaven, and the only way to obtain this passport is to trust in what Jesus did for them at the cross, and to confess that He is Lord. The passport is free. There is no expiry date. Ultimately, it is the only passport that matters. Its validity begins in our present life when we enter God’s Kingdom irrespective of our citizenship on earth. It gives us immediate Kingdom privileges to enjoy: forgiveness of sins, the abundant life (John 10:10), and also righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:7)!
But it really kicks in when we come to the end of our lives. Do you have this passport? Have you invited Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Saviour? Without it, you won’t enter heaven. You may leave earth but you won’t get there. However, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9). This passport never expires. And it’s free!

上个星期,一项旅游问卷调查反应了一些意想不到的事情。马来西亚护照在最多免签证国家排行榜上荣登第六名!与我们并列殊荣的有美国、加拿大和希腊;澳洲和纽西兰则在我们之下。听起来果然很不错!既然如此,我想,为什么我还需要签证才能进入加拿大,美国,澳洲,印度,中国和日本这些国家呢?事实上,我们的护照一般能让我们享有多国免签证的待遇,但我们并不急于探访这些国家,如像北韩、或是一些饱受战争破坏的中东国家。反观,新加坡则坐拥全球最强、通行自由度最高的护照。每当我在澳洲机场入境处排队等候,看见他们由自动门经过时,我都会默默地羡慕他们。让身为马来西亚人的我,自尊心受到打击。

但,还有比这来的更好的护照!持有人所属的是一个不受地球边界限制的国度。他们的王是主耶稣、他们是天堂的公民。想要获得这本护照的唯一途径就是相信耶稣在十字架上为他们所做的,并承认祂是主。这个护照是免费的,也没有截止日期。最终,拥有此护照才是最重要的。无论我们是地球上那一个国家的公民,它的有效期是当下, 我们相信主耶稣并进入祂的国度就即生效力,即时地让我们享受到王国特权:罪恶得到宽恕,享受丰盛的生命(约翰福音10:10),圣灵的公义,平安和喜乐(罗马书14:7)!

但是,当您我都来到生命的尽头时,护照的作用就为开始了。您拥有这本护照了吗?您邀请了耶稣作您生命的救主,进入您心了吗? 没有祂,您不能进入天堂。您可以离开地球,但您不会去到天堂。然而,您若口里认耶稣为主,心里信神祂从死里复活,就必得救(罗马书10:9)。这本护照永远不会过期,而且还是免费的!

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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