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August 1, 2021 | Javan Shashaty
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The statistics show 10 out of 10 people will die. Death shows no favoritism; it doesn’t care about skin color, nationality, gender, age, political affiliation, or social status. It’s coming for all of us. And when it comes, where will you go?
This past weekend, we continued our study on heaven as Pastor Chris Baselice explained why heaven is not our default destination, how what we believe here determines where we go, and how we can know for sure we’re going to heaven.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Chris' teaching this weekend:
Death Is Not the End, It’s the Beginning of Eternity: Paul wrote, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better” (Philippians 1:21) and “we are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). That’s where the struggle comes in . . . Have you ever had an internal struggle like the one Paul had? Should I stay or should I go? Do you believe that the eternal life promised to those who put their faith in Jesus is better than anything this life has to offer us?
Jesus tells us that heaven is a place of comfort, a paradise, a place of beauty and wonder. Nothing this world has to offer even comes fractionally close to the majesty and glory of heaven. And guess what? The best part is that Jesus Himself is there and will be with us for eternity! On the flip side, hell is not a place of fun, it’s not a party. It’s a place of conscious torment, misery, anguish, and fire. It’s a place of isolation, where we have nothing but our memories of life, of the opportunities we had to turn to God, and of all the times we rejected Him.
Hell Is Our Default Destination, but it Doesn’t Have to Be Your Destiny: Hell was created for Satan and his demons, not man. It was only when we rebelled like Satan that man disqualified himself from paradise and qualified himself for the punishment.
On the surface, heaven and hell can both seem a little unfair. Many will ask, “How can a loving God send people to hell?” But here’s the thing . . . God doesn’t send people to hell; people choose hell because they choose to reject Him. They reject adoption into His family; they reject His existence and His love; they reject the invitation to be His child. And heaven is for God’s children, for those who want to be His, for those who surrender and trust in Him, who respond to His call and receive His adoption.
In an effort to making God seem more loving, Christians often avoid talking about hell. In the process, we actually make God less loving by dismissing hell. How so? It cost God greatly to save us, to open the gates of heaven and make redemption a free gift. Jesus paid an unfathomable price to save us from hell. If there was no hell, what did Jesus suffer and die for?
But there is a hell, and it’s our default destination from birth. Why? Because we’re natural born sinners, and it’s our sin that sends us to hell, our willful rebellion against the God who created all things and controls all things. It’s not unjust, just like life prison sentences for those who are guilty are not unjust. But He’s also the God who has made a way for everyone’s sins to be justly forgiven.
Quote to Remember: It shouldn’t shock you that some people go to hell; it should shock you that some get to go to heaven.—Pastor Chris Baselice
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Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.