Matt. 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
When was the last time you thought about hell? Even more terrifying, when was the last time you heard it mentioned in church, especially from the pulpit? I guess hell is not part of the church growth formulas, most pastors and Christian leaders stay as far from that topic as possible. The problem is this, hell is very real. Jesus said hell was real. He described it as a place of fire that never stopped burning. Either Jesus is wrong or our culture has it way wrong. Jonathan Edwards preached about hell during the Great Awakening in the 1700’s. He also preached about heaven, the Holy Spirit, revival, and everything else an orthodox minister would preach on. His sermon, ‘Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God’ is one of the most famous sermons of all time. Here is a small blurb from it.
“So that it is, that natural men are held in the hand of God over the pit of hell; they have deserved the fiery pit, and are already sentenced to it; and God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them as to those that are actually suffering the executions of the fierceness of his wrath in hell, and they have done nothing in the least to appease or abate that anger, neither is God in the least bound by any promise to hold ‘em up one moment; the devil is waiting for them, hell is gaping for them, and flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them, and swallow them up; the fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out; and they have no interest in any mediator, there are no means within reach that can be any security to them. In short, they have no refuge, nothing to take hold of, all that preserves them every moment is the mere arbitrary will, and uncovenanted unobliged forbearance of an incensed God.”
The good news is this, because hell is real Christ came to save us from certain destruction. All of the human race has rebelled against God. All were justly heading toward eternal destruction as a result of their sin. Because of God’s love for us, even in our sins, He sent His Son to suffer the consequences of sin on our behalf. Christ died to save sinners. Who escapes this place called hell? Those who come to Christ recognizing their need of a Savior. Accept His love and forgiveness today, He has a better plan for your life.