"Let the dead bury their dead."
This is what Jesus said to the man who said (I'm paraphrasing) "I'll follow you.... but first let me go and bury my father who has just died."
I'm here as a beggar.... hoping to tell other beggars where I found bread.
This is as serious as it gets, my friend. Jesus said you're dead already in your trespasses and sins. From experience, I know what it's like to be the walking dead....
Jesus came to give life to the dead. Real life. Not the 'I have breath in my body.... I'm going through the motions.... ' kind of life that people equate to being alive.
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
That exclusive statement by Jesus rules out all man-made efforts to get to God, and therefore, ultimately, heaven. The way to God is a PERSON, not a religion. "I am the way." "I am the door." "I am the gate." Test these claims Jesus made about Himself. He is the only way into God's Kingdom - which is 'at hand' - so close you can touch it. Jesus is the one and only PORTAL into this spiritual dimention... a fourth dimention - His Kingdom on earth. This is why we pray 'Thy Kingdom come'. Jesus is a spiritual 'black hole' for the world's sins, crimes and evil. Any organization that makes the (ridiculous) claim "You need Jesus PLUS US to get to heaven." is not from God. Jesus is all you will ever, ever need.
"I am the life."
There is no 'life' without Him. You are dead already and you don't know it.
"Come to me all you who are burdened and weary and I will give you rest for your souls. Take My yoke upon you; for My burden is easy, and My yoke is light." Do this and live..