Deut. 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’
Beyond the Grave was partially inspired by my reading the writings of Jonathan Edwards. I say partially because it was obviously birthed because of the tragic high school shooting in Columbine, Colorado. Something about that tragedy struck a deep cord in the hearts of the youth in our country. That was partly because of being able to identify with the struggles that goes on in the hearts of all high school age young people. The other factor is this, the Bible says we have eternity in our hearts. We all know by instinct that physical death is not the end, the tragedy of Columbine brought that question front and center in all of our lives, “What lies beyond the grave?” How about you, are you ready for life beyond the grave. Here is a famous excerpt from Edwards’ sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, let theses powerful words soak in.
“The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; he is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes as the most hateful venomous serpent is in ours. You have offended him infinitely more than ever a stubborn rebel did his prince: and yet ’tis nothing but his hand that holds you from falling into the fire every moment; ’tis to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to hell the last night; that you was suffered to awake again in this world, after you closed your eyes to sleep: and there is no other reason to be given why you have not dropped into hell since you arose in the morning, but that God’s hand has held you up; there is no other reason to be given why you han’t gone to hell since you have sat here in the house of God, provoking his pure eyes by your sinful wicked manner of attending his solemn worship: yea, there is nothing else that is to be given as a reason why you don’t this very moment drop down into hell.”
Maybe we don’t like to hear such graphic words about eternal death, never the less, if these words are true we must warn this generation. Every generation deserves to hear the message of eternity, it may make you uncomfortable but that is better than the alternative. This week marks the beginning of our sixteenth year of BTG performances. Bring someone this Friday night, eternity is waiting for us all.