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Saved From Hell

March 21, 2021

"Saved From Hell"

We ended last week turning away from hell, and turning toward how we are saved from hell.

A huge point from last week, and one that is often overlooked in a rush to move beyond the perceived negativity of the wrath of God, is that Jesus hammers on God's judgment no less frequently than any of the Old Testament prophets. The seven woes Jesus pronounces in Matthew 23 is powerful in its judgment. And then we have Revelation 6:12-16:

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”

What did John the Baptist cry out when he saw Jesus walking toward him? "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." The Lamb who was slain…who took our punishment for our sin upon himself on the cross…is the same Lamb who pours out the wrath of God on unrepentant sinners. These unrepentant sinners, who were given more than enough opportunity to repent, are now facing judgment. And they are terrified.

Judgment is a terrible thing. When you have embraced faith in Jesus Christ, which is a gift from God, you have no fear of final judgment. You know that every evil of your heart has been laid on Jesus. Every debt has been paid for by his death. And every one of Jesus' beautiful acts of love is credited to your account. Your salvation is a wonderful gift from God.

Here's something I saw last night:

"I still can't get over the reality that Christ's righteousness was imputed to

me, by faith alone. Not my wo