You see those words on bumper stickers, billboards & tee-shirts. Sunday morning the T.V. Preacher swings his Bible through the air wildly yelling Jesus saves! But what is he saving you from? In this day of the watered down Gospel that is more interested in church attendance than church salvation the whole reckoning that there is something out there he is saving you from is lost. Jesus today exists to produce a newer vehicle, or get us a promotion or help us decide between a split level ranch in the suburbs or that nice new condo building on the beach. What is Jesus saving us from? Poverty? Not meeting the social pro quo? Perhaps he's saving us from bad ideas or situations, perhaps picking the wrong dessert or giving us pep talks so we can be all we can be?
Jesus is a God of providence and provision. Truth. We get so focused on the world and the worries there of, that we forget what Jesus truly saves us from…eternal separation from God in hell! Jesus saves sinners from hell! He saves us from eternal damnation in the fiery pits of Sheol. He saves us from an eternity of hopeless torment and pain from which there is no escape – forever!
This is where some say well how could a loving God do such a thing. How could a God who claims to be the God of love and mercy do such a thing as send anyone to hell? He doesn't just send anyone to hell – people choose to go to hell on their own free will. In fact he made a way out of hell for all of humanity – he gave his only begotten Son – Jesus Christ as a blood atonement – so that none should ever have to suffer hells flames. Satan is the accuser. He is right now in Gods ear accusing you of everything you have ever done to sin against God. He reminds him of every lie you have ever told, every lustful thought you've ever had…every dirty deed you have ever done. Satan spends his days accusing you in heavenly places. You were born a sinner, your sin nature came built in, not because of God but because of Adam and Eves fall in the Garden of Eden. Satan exploits your sin nature, he tempts you to sin and then when you do, he runs to tell God on you.
When Jesus saves you the accuser loses all power. When God looks at you he sees his Sons blood has washed you clean, you are reborn as a new creation in Christ. You are no longer a son of Adam you are a child of God. When you die on earth your soul goes home to be with Jesus in Paradise. The New Jerusalem- a beautiful heavenly place of perfection promised to all who believe in the Lord. For those not washed in the blood the second they die the tormentors show up and drag them down into the darkness. In fact the light you see here on earth will be the last light you ever see…your eternity is in darkness that suffocates…being tormented in every known way by demons and devils. Your skin will be ripped apart, your flesh whipped, bitten and scourged, you will be burnt and imprisoned forever. Hell is not a party as depicted in popular culture it is the absence of all things God – light, love, peace, joy, hope. No essence, or even tiniest part of God is in hell. It is evil, all around you, all the time. Ripping, tearing, tormenting pure evil.
Don't be fooled into thinking you can be "good enough" to get into Heaven without Jesus this is another false doctrine. The Bible says there's none that are good not one and that our works are as filthy rags to God. God is so Holy and perfect you could never work your way onto his level – you need Jesus to redeem you! There are no "good" people in heaven – there are redeemed people, sanctified people, people made Holy through Christ's blood.
Hell exists because God is just. He gave all mankind a plan for salvation – through his Son. You have heard the Gospel message before I am sure. Almost every human being has heard the name of Jesus Christ. There is a Christian radio channel on every radio and whole TV networks that stream this message 24-7. There is a church on every corner and you see the message over and over…repent & be saved. Repent & be saved! Now if you have heard this message several times during your life and you choose not to follow his Words or his warnings is he not just in perceiving that you personally want to reject him and choose hell? God is not a tyrant, you have free will, and as such choose wisely where you will spend eternity. If you don't whole heartedly choose God – you have whole heartedly chosen hell.
Some will say Hell doesn't exist! I'm here to tell you it does exist and it's as real as the world you are looking at today. It is waiting for you on the other side of death and I beg you to not wait until then to make up your mind – then it's to late. You will be sucked down into the darkness never to return to suffer at the unmercy of Satan and his legions of demons. I can't tell you how important this is, there aren't words I can say other than repent…please don't die in your sin…there is no need to go to hell.
Jesus died for you out of pure love…he bore your sins to restore you to God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
There is a way to be saved from eternal damnation and it is by way of the cross. To be saved you must come before the cross and confess your sins…confess your sinful nature and your need for salvation. You must repent from your old ways and be born again through Jesus Christ….if you wish to accept Jesus Christ and escape that eternal separation from Jesus please pray with me…
Heavenly Father I am a sinner. I was born a sinner and I have sinned in so many ways. I confess my sins Lord. I repent of my sins Jesus. I pray your precious blood wash my sins away. Please forgive me Father and take away all unforgiveness in my heart. I believe you are the Son of God sent to earth to save me. I believe that you died on the cross and shed your blood to save me. I believe you defeated the devil and the grave and rose on the third day and through your resurrection I am reborn, raised from the dead a new creation in Christ. Save me Jesus, change me Jesus, be my Lord, be my God! In Jesus Holy Name I pray! Amen!
Get into a good Bible loving church, get baptized and walk in the Spirit. You now know what it means when they say…Jesus saves!
The Rich Man and Lazarus
A Parable From Luke 16: 19-31
19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family,28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’
29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’”
12But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
28And 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.
42and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
41“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
29but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation
43If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched
44Where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched
46Where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
47And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire
48Where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
*scripture uses a hyperbole here to describe how urgent and extreme our need is to refrain from sin. That is better to suffer here on earth temporarily than to suffer ETERNALLY for sin!
29and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
6If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
These are but a few of the scriptures that speak of hell! Do not be deceived, it is real and it is no place anyone wants to be trapped for all eternity! Repent and be saved today!