Not even one second in Hell.
Think of all the troubles you’ve ever went through. Perhaps the loss of a family member, the loss of a beloved dog or cat. Sickness, darkness, dryness, hurts inflicted by friends or family – or even both. Pound all of those together into one second. All of the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional pain you’ve ever experienced – all slamming into you for one second.
Now imagine all the joys you’ve ever experienced. Maybe the moment you got saved, perhaps when you got married, a good meal. Board games with friends, listening to good preaching. Put everything good that’s ever happened to you, every good movie, song you’ve watched or listened to, all of it, into one second.
In the first case, that would not equal one second of Hell. In the second case, that would not equal one second of Heaven. For the pain and the joy experienced in those two eternal places will be beyond human comprehension.
I learned this little lesson recently. I’ve been dealing with dizziness for almost three months now, and last Tuesday I had to go in for tests to see if we could figure out what was wrong with me. At one point, I had air blown in my right ear. Just once. I only let them do it once. Because it was the most horrible thing I’d ever experienced in my life.
I was dizzier than I’d ever been before. The worst I’d ever felt. It didn’t last long, but it was horrible; and they wanted to do it four times, two in each ear. I couldn’t. I couldn’t. It was so horrible, I was yelling, literally, yelling to God. That’s how awful it was.
After all this was over, a few days later or so, or perhaps the same day, I can’t remember, I learned that little lesson. That horrible two or so minutes I spent of feeling so, so dizzy wasn’t even one second in Hell. Beyond that, all of my troubles I’ve ever experienced weren’t even one second in Hell.
And, just think about it. Just think about it. Christ saved us from that. He saved us from this torment. And not only did He save us from torment, He saved us from what was going to send us there (our sin), and He’s going to take us to live forever with Him. Forever. In eternal joy.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” ~ Romans 5:8, KJV
Christ died. For us. For who? Sinners. The sinless for the sinner. He saved us from eternal damnation. He has promised that everything will work out together for good (Romans 8:28) – yes, even our pains, our troubles! All of it!
This is why we must do everything to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)! He gave everything for us. For the first time in all of eternity, God turned His Back on His Son, Jesus Christ. For who? For pathetic, wretched, slimy sinners, who hated Him, and cared nothing for Him. For no man seeks after God – not even one (Romans 3).
He gave everything for us. Give everything for Him.
Joel Garner ><>
2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 5:8.
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Joel blogs over at Joel the Immerser, where the purpose of his blog is to “make God known.” He describes himself as a “Christian conservative Bible-believing Fundamentalist saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
He was kind enough to step up to the plate and cover for a blogger that had to back out of his guest post due to personal reasons. Thank you, Joel, for your willingness to write a guest post for Grow Up!