Our world, more concisely, the American world, is in a state of chaos. Division, fighting, strife, and contention mark just about every walk of life. There is no peace to be found. Man, in trying to right one wrong, creates more murder and hatred. God’s Word is clear that man’s ways always lead to death.
Our hearts long for peace, but there is no peace ahead for America. There will be no peace found in the election this year. Man will not legislate others to morality. Education can not tame the rebellion of man’s evil heart. Tolerance will never gain its fill. Vast treasure troves of riches cannot prevent death whether from virus or violence. There is no peace to be found on this planet because the hearts of man are sinful.
“Wait,” you may be saying. “I am a good person. I do good deeds. I have given money to help the poor, the weak, the hurting. I have never murdered anyone.” Have you never once stolen even a small thing from someone? Have you lied to anyone about anything? Have you thought a hateful thought about another human being? The truth is, we all were born with sinful hearts. There is not one righteous person. We each raise our fists up to God and demand why we should bend our hearts to His rule. The Creator God who breathed the Universe into place could have demanded our love and devotion, but love that is demanded is not love. We call a demanded love a heinous crime, even in our sinful society. So this righteous, holy, only good God allowed for His own rejection. He allowed for these created beings of His to shake their fists at Him and demand to rule their own lives. His perfection, however, cannot ignore unrighteousness. His goodness cannot allow the sin of His creation to go unchecked. Sin demanded an answer.
The Perfect, Righteous, Holy God created a place of separation from Himself. There is a place that Jesus, the Son of God who walked in perfect Truth on this earth with man, spoke of more than heaven. God’s fury over the hatred, murder, evil, and pride of man pours into this dreadful place. Jesus told the true account of the rich man and Lazarus who reached life’s end and found themselves in two vastly different places. Speaking of the rich man, Jesus said,
And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. Luke 16:23-24
Jesus was well acquainted with this terrible place and spoke of it often. This place was the entire reason He left His perfect home in heaven to walk among sinful men, and at the young age of 33, to give Himself over to the cruelty of a torturous death by the hands of His own creation. The furious wrath of God for the sin of man was poured out on Him while He hung on that Roman cross, and for three hours darkness reigned in mid-day as His Father turned His face away. Every wicked deed of man exchanged itself for mercy so that not one person would have to pay for their own sin in the dreadful place He spoke of so often.
It is a gift that must be accepted. Because He does not demand love, He offers it, it must be received by free will. To reject His offer is to reject God Himself, but to reject His offer means you choose to be separated from Him forever in a place of hopelessness and chaos worse than anything we could experience in this life. Do you fully recognize the cost of following your own way? Love warns that there is a danger to come if you do. Please take a moment to consider if it is worth it.
If you have never accepted the payment of Jesus’ death on the cross for your sin, please do that today. I would love to help you make that decision.
First, admit you are a sinner. Your sins have separated you from God, and there is no good thing that you could do to be good enough to undo this separation.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Next, ask Him to forgive you and to live in your heart. Recognize that Jesus took your place and payed your sin debt, and then rose again, so that we can live with Him in heaven forever.
That if that shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9-10
Now, know that nothing can ever separate you from His love. When you stand before God at the end of your life, if He were to ask you why you should be allowed to live with Him in heaven, you can say, “I did what your Word told me to do.”
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
If you made this decision today, tell someone. Let me know, and I would love to help you find a way to grow in your newfound faith.
Please do not hesitate to leave a comment on the bottom of this post if you have any questions or if you make the decision to follow Jesus, and I will contact you directly without allowing the public to view your comment. I am praying for you today.