by Sky Cline
If you’re reading this essay and are not sure if you will escape the coming wrath of God you have come to the right place. First, let me assure you that there is hope for your soul. Please read to the end of this brief presentation.
Now I want to be as clear as I am able. Your soul is in mortal danger. You stand under the just condemnation of the judge of all men. Your current status is “Guilty.” Every sinful thought or action that has occurred since you were born has been recorded. God has not forgotten. Not one second of your life has been hidden from God. He is the God who sees. This much is certain: You will face certain and irrevocable eternal damnation.
The justice of Holy God demands that every sin be punished. When you stand before the final court of justice, doom will fill your soul with the words final and immutable, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Jesus speaking, Matthew 25.41) Your sentence will be irreversible. There will be no court of appeals. There is no higher court. No mistakes will be made. No lawyers will be present. Upon arrival in this new abode God’s presence will be absent and you will be consumed in fire and brimstone. There will be shrieks and wails of eternal terror as souls burn in an everlasting fire; worms will gorge themselves on the flesh of the cursed. The sounds emanating from this abyss would cause cities of humans to become instantaneous asylums. There will be no protection against the devil and his fallen angels. No force will be present to restrain the horror. Guilt and Regret will be among the chief tormentors. There is not a moment’s respite in a lake of fire with multitudes crying in the agony of unconscionable pain and condemnation. Darkness will cover the shrills and horror of this furnace like a vault without a door. FINAL.
Many historic and modern heroes and dignitaries will have preceded you. Successful businessmen and women, presidents, prime ministers, mayors, senators, generals, actors, religious people, neighbors, family members, peasants, firefighters, scientists, philosophers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, nurses, religious leaders, farmers, athletes, judges, journalists, stockbrokers all of whom may have appeared to be successful while on earth will meet you for an eternity of terror. The former “successful” appearance will be replaced by weeping and gnashing of teeth. All past “success” will be seen as bitter and caustic vanity. One thought that will pass through your mind will be ‘Deceived.’ The reversal of fortunes will be cataclysmic. Souls will crave death and annihilation, but find it not.
Is there a way to escape this certain doom? YES! The only path to this escape is found in the God’s Word, The Bible. God in his love for humans has provided a way for our sins to be removed so that we can be declared INNOCENT on the Day when all flesh must stand before God. We can escape the wrath of the only true God and be accepted as one of His children. In an instant “cursed” can be changed to “blessed.” Instead of facing sure and eternal judgment we can be welcomed into the presence of God, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Jesus speaking, Matthew 25.34)
God is able to declare us innocent because of a plan he made to save fallen and corrupt humankind. This plan to save mankind comes from the most powerful force in the universe, the love of God. The love of God is more powerful than all the powers of sin, demons, hell and damnation. Humankind was the crown of God’s creation. Mankind’s willful rebellion against God caused a rift which for ages could not be bridged. Man has tried throughout history to create a bridge to God by ‘good works,’ ‘righteous living,’ and countless philosophies. Man’s evil nature and self serving weakness provided no chance for an adequate bridge to be made to Holy God.
God’s love is greater than man’s rebellion, for God’s plan of salvation was realized in the midst of humankind’s willful mutiny and hatred of God. The Holy justice of God had to be satisfied. The centerpiece of God’s plan to save humans was to send his only Son to die in the place of humankind. All of the wicked, hateful, rebellious and savageness of humankind would be transferred to God’s only begotten and beloved Son, Jesus of Nazareth. All rape and murder, envy and hatred, deceptions, perversions and addictions, sorceries and injustice, abortions, whoremongery and bitterness were all placed in an instant upon the innocent Son of God. Jesus, as God’s Son was sent to earth primarily on a rescue mission. God the Father would crush him for our sake. Jesus would willingly lay down His life for men who despised Him. Not only were the sins of humankind laid upon Jesus, but likewise the penalty of sin – the Holy and Righteous fury of God was laid upon His beloved Son. For the first time in eternity the Son was separated from the Father. Jesus became a ‘curse’. God’s plan to save you was realized in Jerusalem in 30 AD when Jesus was crucified.
The death of Jesus is God’s only remedy for your sin and corresponding condemnation. God has provided no other terms for peace. All religions, philosophies, sects and ideas that do not honor the crucifixion of Jesus as the means for humankind’s salvation are false. Men from every nation, tribe and people must be reconciled with God through Jesus. Jesus is God’s gift to man.
If God has given you a righteous fear of the penalty and judgment which is being stored up for you. If you realize that your sins will be as an anchor that pull you down to the everlasting abyss. If you understand that your thoughts and actions have offended the only God of the universe, you are ready to receive God’s pardon.
God does not delight in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked repent (change their mind regarding God and their sin) and be saved. God wishes that none would perish. God offered His Son on the cross to pay the debt you could never pay. Now, dear friend know that God wants to rescue you from the place “where their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” (Jesus speaking, Mark 9.44)
Now speak to God and ask Him to Pardon you for your debt of sin.
“Dear God thanks for sending your Son Jesus to rescue me from my sins. I believe that I am a sinner and need the pardon that you have provided through the death of your son Jesus for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins as you promised in your Holy Word. I want you to save me from my sins. I want you to be the Lord and Master of my life. Please enter into my heart and transform me from a sinner into a child of God. With your help I will serve and follow you until the day I meet you face to face. Thanks be to God I will meet you now as a son meets his father and not as a criminal before a judge.
It is important to find a local Bible based Christian Church where Jesus is Lord, the people love Jesus, love each other, and the Bible is believed and obeyed. It is also critical that you begin to read God’s Word, the Bible to understand His love for you and His plan for your life.
I can’t help but give you one more part of this story of our salvation – Jesus, God’s Son died for our sins, but he also rose from the dead Victorious after 3 days! Death and hell have been defeated! Raise your hands to heaven and thank God for this new day in your life and eternity!