Are You Walking Through Hell to get to Heaven?
I’ve been thinking about what it must have been like to know Jesus in the flesh. Can you imagine watching Him do miracles and seeing wondrous healings performed right in front of you? How about hearing His many incredible teachings firsthand, praying with Him or sitting around the table with Him at the Last Supper? I can’t begin to fathom how the disciples felt when Jesus was arrested and ultimately crucified. For three days His disciples and followers were waiting and wondering if everything Jesus had said to them before his death was true. The heartbreak they must have felt, at the loss of someone they loved so dearly!
Then came Sunday…
Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.”
The Word was Spoken…He is Risen!
What joy must have flooded their souls knowing death could not keep Him in the ground, and everything Jesus had said would happen….happened! The tough Roman soldiers who were used to keeping order by inducing fear were reduced to confused, shaken men trembling with fear of their own. How would they explain this?
Death was Overcome…Victory is Proclaimed!
I’m not a runner myself, and I bet these women didn’t run much, but when they heard the news, “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead!” the exhilaration from hearing those words would send them running to tell the Good News to ALL that…
Jesus is Alive……and Jesus IS STILL ALIVE!
His friends, followers and even his enemies realized every word which Jesus spoke was fulfilled. His enemies would go to great lengths to squelch the truth, but they could not. His power was greater than any authority or ruler on earth. They tried to say Jesus was defeated, but He wasn’t then and cannot be defeated…EVER!
He’s Coming Back…Again!
It isn’t over! He is waiting for His message to be delivered and heard by people of every tongue, every nation, and every tribe. He loves us that much! He loves us so much that Jesus left us with a gift.
The Good News…His Gift
Nothing has changed in over 2000 years. Jesus is still sitting at the right hand of God’s throne. Jesus went through hell to get back to heaven, and He left us with a special gift, the Holy Spirit who resides in us and works through us if we choose to believe.
Tired of Walking Through Hell? You DON’T have to!
Christ died on the cross so you would never have to walk through hell. There are circumstances in our lives that can make us feel like we are in hell, but nothing compares to what Jesus did for us by dying so we can have eternal life with Him. His love is consistent in a world that is not. His promises are the absolute truth when the world says there are no absolutes. Hell is a real place, but Christ made the way so no one must perish.
It may feel like hell today, but you don’t have to wait for your Sunday like everyone else because Christ’s perfect work on the cross is complete and salvation is yours for the asking. Salvation comes by admitting you are a sinner and believing Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. Jesus defeated death and rose again for you and me. It is that simple……
John 3:16 (NLT)
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
May you and your loved ones have a blessed Easter!