Note: This devotion “Going Through Hell” is a three-part devotion based on a sermon I preached at St. Matthew Lutheran in Hawthorn Woods on Palm Sunday 2018.
Hell – Not Meant For Us
Hell was not made for humans. It was intended for Satan the angels that allied themselves with him in the rebellion of heaven.
It is described as a place of torment, a “lake of fire,” a place of everlasting, never-ending death. The Bible also describes it as a place where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
It was only supposed to be occupied by Satan and the demons.
Since the Fall of Man – For Those Who Reject Christ
But since the Fall of Adam and Eve, hell is also the chosen destination of those who reject God.
Satan tempted Adam and Eve to sin. That sin was to reject God and look to themselves as their god.
That original sin is passed on to all the descendants of Adam and Eve – including you and me.
But the good news is that God provided a Savior. He first promised that Savior to Adam and Eve:
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
So those that go to hell are only those who choose to go to there by rejecting God and His salvation through the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you no longer will be going to hell!
But that doesn’t mean that you won’t go through hell!
We all feel that way at times – or will. Losing a job, having a relationship end, suffering illness, enduring the death of a loved one, all these can make us feel as if we are “going through hell.”
But if you are going through things like like this, my best advice is to not stop! Keep going through to the other side!
Because God is waiting for you. Jesus is walking beside you. The Holy Spirit is guiding you and keeping you in the one, true faith!
Heavenly Father, thank you for being with me, even when I go through hell in this life. But thank you most especially for my Savior Jesus, who went through hell for me so that I could live forever in heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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