July 4, 2018

Isaiah 66:24 (NLT) — 24 And as they go out, they will see the dead bodies of those who have rebelled against me. For the worms that devour them will never die, and the fire that burns them will never go out. All who pass by will view them with utter horror.”

Isaiah first words in this book were a message for those who had rebelled against the Lord and his last words that end this book tell of the final destination of those who continue to rebel against the Lord. There will be incredible suffering for those who reject King Jesus.

We all like to hear, “And they lived happily ever after.” I know that most people don’t like to hear about hell. And I also know that it is the kindness of God that draws people to repentance.(Romans 2:4). I also know that it was my fear of going to hell that caused me to receive Jesus as my Lord and savior. Sometimes the message of love and grace doesn’t bring about repentance from sin; although if you think it through a little bit the message of hell really is about God’s love and grace. Let me explain.

People fall in to two categories: those who say, “my will be done and those who say to God, “Thy will be done.” God doesn’t send people to hell but to those who insist on living life their own way; doing what ever they want when ever they wan to do it, God will allow them to go to hell. As pastor Jon Courson says, “Hell is not a contradiction to God’s love but rather a confirmation of it. Because God is love, He won’t force man to do His will. He will let man have his way—but it will invariably, without exception, lead him to hell.”

Listen to what Jesus says on the subject of hell:

Mark 9:41–48 (NLT) — 41 If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded. 42 “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. 45 If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’

Jesus knew how terrible hell will be so implored to cut of their hand, or their feet and gouge out their eyes if that would get them off the highway to hell. If God means nothing to you and you couldn’t care less about his will then you have started the long descent to hell.

When people rejected Jesus he didn’t get angry. He didn’t shake his fist and say, “To hell with you.” No, he wept.

Luke 19:41 (NLT) — 41 But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep.

We know that God loves all people because it broke his heart enough to send Jesus as the last chance to turn people from an eternity in hell. But again in his love he wouldn’t force his will on those who insisted on their own will. He would not force anyone to receive His son. His love warns us but His love also will not force us.

Hell was created for those who reject God, starting with the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:41 (NLT) — 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.

Perhaps you have been talking to friends, neighbors, family or coworkers about the love of God but no one seems to care. No one wants to give up their lifestyle to receive Jesus. Maybe they need to hear about the other side of God’s love > Hell.

For those of us on the Highway to Heaven we can truly celebrate this Independence Day:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!