“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13)
A person cannot fully appreciate the message of the gospel until they fully understand how desperate their situation is.
If we present Jesus Christ as a mere additive to a person’s life, then we are missing the point. The message of the gospel is not, “Become a Christian, because you will have a happier life and your teeth will be whiter.” Jesus is far more than someone who merely enhances our lives.
Jesus saves us from eternal separation from God. And that is the situation of every person. So we have to broach the subject of sin. Yet we are afraid to do this sometimes.
When he preached at Pentecost, the apostle Peter called sin just what it is: sin. So if something is a sin, we need to say it is a sin, because we do not want a person to be separated from God and end up in hell. And yes, there is a hell.
No one in the Bible talked more about hell than Jesus. That may come as a shock to some: Well, I thought Jesus was all about loving us—and He talked about hell? Yes. Why? Because He is all about loving us, and as God, He knows the horrors of it. The last thing He wants is for anyone made in His image to spend eternity separated from Him.
Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13–14). Just as there is an eternal heaven, there is also an eternal hell. You can’t have one without the other.
Summary sentence: Jesus taught about hell because He loves us!
Tags: Gospel, sin, Pentecost, hell
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