A simple question that can be asked by a child after the death of her Grandma.
Many times on TV we hear people say of a dead person, “Well, I am sure they are looking down on us now.”
I think that one of the things that puts people off the Lord Jesus is this fact of wanting to avoid the truth. Heaven is easy to fudge, but Hell is not.
Over the decades of my ministry – 1977 to now – I have become convinced that the reason people distance themselves from me, is because I force them to face the truth and they are scared of it.
Hell and Judgment
When was the last time you heard a sermon on hell? I think I would not be wrong to state that for many, they have never heard one. Hell, like sin, has pretty much dropped off the scope in most churches. Despite neglect of the doctrine, the subject of hell is taught in the Scriptures. I would venture that most people, if asked who spoke the most about hell, would name the apostle Paul. But they would be wrong. It is not a prominent subject for Paul. Hell is, however, a prominent subject for, and this is initially rather shocking, our Lord. Jesus taught more about hell and judgment than anyone in Scripture. This fact is less shocking when one recognizes that the Bible teaches that hell is a real place and that Jesus himself as Judge sends people there.
The authority of the Son, Jesus Christ the Lord of all.
16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defence Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.’ 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Jesus gave them this answer: ‘Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honour the Son just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father, who sent him.
24 ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 ‘Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out – those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.’
What the Holy Bible tells of:
My ministry is to witness for the Lord Jesus in the hope that people will come to know the truth about him.
Yes, there is a Hell.
Yes, it is the Lord Jesus who send people there for punishment.
BUT……. Yes, there is also a Heaven and the Lord Jesus holds the key to it. And he opens the door to all who truly love him and put his teachings into practice with the help of the Holy Spirit of God. They had to understand and fulfil the requirements of the Gospel of Jesus.
So when we get asked if someone is in heaven, we have to answer, “Only if they loved the Lord Jesus and were born again of the spirit of God when alive.” And only the Lord Jesus knows if that person is in heaven or hell.