“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” John 12:48
I had the privilege of teaching 19 people about Heaven and Hell last week. For a whole week (Mon-Fri), three hours a day, we went through the Bible and learned what God has to say about the two places in which every human being will decide of where to spend eternity.
Have you ever combed through the gospels to see everything that Jesus says about judgment and the place of Hell? It’s pretty disturbing! Now, right there, you may have thought to yourself, “Why are you asking about if I have looked at what Jesus says about Hell? Why didn’t you ask whether I have gone through to see what He says about Heaven?” My question comes from this reality:
Heaven is culturally acceptable; Hell is NOT!
Does that mean we shouldn’t talk about it? Well… the same book that tells me how to know the God of the universe; the same book that tells me that Jesus died on the cross to save me; the same book that tells me how to have a relationship with my Creator…it’s the same book that says MUCH about judgment and the place of Hell. Furthermore, Jesus himself has MUCH to say about judgment and the place of Hell.
I find that I can’t just accept the things in Jesus’ sayings that I am comfortable with. But, if I am going to truly be a follower of Jesus, I must accept the things that Jesus says that I am uncomfortable with.
The scripture above has a very serious warning for me if I am not willing to accept all that Jesus said and taught. I can only accept Jesus if I accept all that He says. I hope that you will consider this warning for your own life.
My encouragement for us this week: Chew, wrestle with, and think on the one thing that Jesus says that makes you uncomfortable. Let it change your heart. Then, go out and share it with somebody with an attitude of gentleness and respect.
Have a Great Week Talking With and About Jesus!