Imagine being quite ill and going to the hospital.
The first physician that attends to you says, "Well, you’ve certainly come to the right hospital! Everyone who comes here gets well in a short amount of time. No one ever dies in this hospital!"
At this point, you surely would want to get back into the ambulance and have them take you somewhere else, right?
After all, it’s a well known fact that EVERYONE does not get well when they are ill and MANY people have died during their stay at a hospital.
Certainly, this doctor must be suffering from a mental issue.
But what if your reaction was different?
What if, upon hearing his "too good to be true" story about total recovery for every patient, you believe it?
The thought of not getting well or dying is so difficult to accept, you grasp on to the false promise?
Jesus spoke to others about what would happen if they did not go to Heaven.
He spoke of a place of eternal punishment–Hell.
In explaining who might go there, He says that it will be like separating sheep from goats.
The sheep will go one place and the goats to another:
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
I know that in today’s culture, it seems that it is not polite to speak to someone about going to Hell.
Instead, we act as though people who are lost will never go to Hell—everyone that’s "good" goes to Heaven.
Wouldn’t you want a doctor to tell you the truth about your condition?
Wouldn’t you want him to let you know what could be done to save you instead of lying as a way of momentarily comforting you?
If Jesus were to separate the sheep and the goats right now, which group would you be found in?
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