2021_02_17 Insight Post- Rusty Coram
This week's reading- Matthew 13 & 14
Several times in our reading this year, we see Jesus make a sharp contrast between the outcome of those who accept and trust Him, and those who choose not to surrender and follow Him. This week there are two examples: The Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30 and His explanation in 13:36-43) and The Parable of the Net (13:47-52). It is clear in His teaching that the stakes are very high when it comes to responding to God. Those who humbly acknowledge their brokenness and sin, and accept Jesus are forgiven and adopted into God’s family. Those who choose to not admit their need and not surrender to God will be separated from Him forever.
Jesus says in Matthew 13:49-50: 49“That is the way it will be at the end of the world. The angels will come and separate the wicked people from the righteous, 50 throwing the wicked into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
This is not easy. Hell is real. Jesus taught more about hell than most other topics because He knew what was true. If you talk to people today, you will hear things like, “When you die, that’s it. You cease to exist.” Or “Hell isn’t real. A good God wouldn’t allow it.” And as one comedian said, “I don’t want to go to heaven because all my friends will be in Hell”.
Here is the deal: Jesus says that Hell is real, eternal, miserable and no one will be there by accident. He sacrificed His life so we can be with Him forever. John 3:16-18 underscores this, 16“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.”
As we continue reading, notice how often Jesus speaks about Hell and how seriously He sounds the warning. Of all the opinions we hear, we need to make sure His is the authoritative one. Hell is real.