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The Jubilee Singers sang a special song in the morning service. Dan Stillings sang a special song in the evening. Pastor Bob Sorensen brought a message from Mark 9:42-48 he called, “What is there about Hell that mankind should fear?”
Why should we be concerned about Hell? Because Jesus warned us about it. To begin with, Hell is a place of eternal fire. In the Bible there are almost one hundred mentions of hell. Revelation is very clear that the lake of fire burns forever and ever. Almost no one working near a hot furnace in a mill would ignore the signs that tell the workers to stay back. But people do ignore the warning from Jesus that Hell is worse than living with one eye, one hand, and one foot.
Hell is a place of eternal torment. There is no end to the pain. No human has suffered pain such as will be suffered in Hell. The suffering there goes on and on.
Hell is a place of separation. Part of the torment of Hell will be the loneliness. Unlike heaven where there will be happy reunions with loved ones, there will be no happy reunions in Hell.
Hell is a place of darkness. Referred to as outer darkness, where perhaps you can hear the sound of weeping and gnashing of teeth, but for the inhabitants, nothing but total darkness.
Hell is a place of Satanic presence. The beast, the false prophet, and Satan will all be thrown into the lake of fire. All death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire. All whose names are not written in the Lamb’s book of life will be cast into the lake of fire where the fire will burn forever.
Hell is still a place of the unknown. All we know about Hell is what we read in the Bible.
Jesus died to keep you out of Hell. Salvation is based in believing and trusting in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God does not send people to Hell. People send themselves to Hell by the choice they make. No one can go to Hell without stepping over the crucified body of Jesus Christ. He stands between you and Hell. Those that ignore the fact that Jesus died to save them from Hell will wake up in that place.
Why should you fear Hell? Don’t let Satan blind you. Hell is a place to be feared either for yourself or for your lost loved ones.
The call comes to each of us to “Come.” Harden not your hearts. Jesus is still calling. As in the old song, Jesus calls softly and tenderly even as the moments pass away and perhaps the last call may come soon. Come to Jesus while you may. Why wait?