Written By: Kerrington Sweeney
Today, the Lord has dropped something heavily upon my heart. I felt as if I was commissioned by the Holy Spirit to share this. I will be as real as I possibly can; as much as I know how to. I was sitting in my quiet time with God, and I read a verse in Matthew 25:46. It reads…
“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
How real and true this is, readers! People every day are running straight towards that eternal punishment. Falling face first into an eternal fiery pit. called Hell. Hell is just as real as Heaven. We don’t often hear about Hell in the church as much as we hear about our happily ever after of eternal Life. But I am here to share with you that it is very real. Hell is a place. A place where many of my friends and even some family members are headed right now.
Wherever you are today, sitting and reading this, you have a particular destination over your life. Whether it be an eternal home of safety or a fiery place you’ve feared all your life.
Not to be morbid, but know that you are one simple breath away from eternity. Where are you headed after that breath? Do you know? As followers of Christ, we need to realize this.
We are ALL born sinners. We are born into this world separated from God. Because our God judges justly, He sees the rich and the poor all on the same level. We are all sinners, whether we have millions of dollars in the bank or whether we are eating at the soup kitchen and living on park benches. Think of it this way: one day, we will all bow down before the same foot of the cross.
Leveled together, as sinners. God sees us, His children. With all the bondages, sins, mistakes, and troubles, He knew for a fact that we wouldn’t be strong enough on our own to pay our own wages. He knew how horrible it would be for you to spend eternity in Hell. He didn’t want that for His children. So He willingly sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ – the Hope of the world.
Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life here on the earth. At age 33, Jesus was taken and held hostage. He was taken on a horrible quest through the night, where He was beaten, bruised, and spit on by the people. He was called all sorts of terrible names, and He did absolutely nothing to stop it. He was willing to endure this.
The next day, Jesus stood before Pilate. Pilate made the harsh decision to hand Him off to the Romans. As if He was a filthy piece of trash. Unwanted. Unworthy. Uncalled for. But yet, Jesus did nothing to stop it. The Romans whipped Him, beat Him, bruised Him. They ripped apart His body but Jesus did nothing to stop it. They destroyed Him to the very core, yet Jesus did nothing to stop it. He was willing.
They walked with Him to His final breath. They made His weak raggedy body carry that heavy wooden cross up the steep slopes of the mountain called Golgotha. Jesus went willingly. He hung on that cross, bloody and destroyed. As He hung there, He did nothing to stop them. Instead He thought of YOU!
He thought that if He didn’t pay this high price, how you would then have to pay it. You would be headed straight into that eternal punishment. You would have to work your own way, to pay the wages of all your sins.
What Jesus did as He willingly hung on that cross was to pray for the people that put Him there. He thought of you. He knew you already, specifically by name. He loved you then and He loves you now. His love has never stopped and it never will stop. His love never fails.
Jesus conquered death, three days after dying as He rose again. He made Heaven an open place for God’s righteous children. The Heavenly gates were opened, for anyone who would call upon the name of the Lord. We will ALL stand before Jesus one day.
It says in Revelation 20:11-21:7
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
It’s on my heart today to say this – you don’t have to go to Hell just because you are a sinner. You are given the free gift of Heaven, an eternal home of safety. You are the only one who can make this choice for yourself.
With all of this being said, let me ask you this question once more…
“Where are you headed?”
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Until Next Time,