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Many today think that because God is a loving God who cares for every human being on this earth, He would never send anyone to hell, into the lake of fire and eternal punishment. Would it surprise you if I told you this statement is true?
God does love all of us humans and wants everyone to have eternal life in heaven with Him. He has gone to such a great sacrifice to provide a way for all to be blessed with being in Heaven. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for God to decide that His own Son, whom He loved with all His heart, would come to earth where He would be beaten severely and actually nailed to a cross and left to die, to be mocked and insulted and despised by the very ones He came to save?
Jesus Christ came to show all of us the way to Heaven, to teach us how to live, to respect and love our brothers. He provided the perfect example for us to follow; He healed the sick and diseased, taught us about His Heavenly Father and told us He had come to die for us to pay for our sin.
You may be wondering how the first statement in this article could be true — that our loving God would not send anyone to Hell. It is true because He would never SEND anyone to Hell! No! He has provided His plan of salvation, empowered by His great Son, Jesus Christ, so that our sins could be forgiven. He has given us the choice of believing in Jesus (John 3:16) and not perishing, not dying but going to heaven when we die. He has made His choice — that all may be saved! He gives us the choice of accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and living in obedience to Him or rejecting Him and going to Hell!
In the Holy Bible, Matthew 7:13-14, He says: “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life and few find it.” Large crowds enter that wide gate, they clearly see they have plenty of room to enter — this gate is the popular choice for many go through it.
Some of them assume that because many people enter, it must be the best choice, but the majority is not always right. The narrow gate is hard to find and few enter in — it is a difficult road that leads to life, to Heaven. It may lead through high mountains and low valleys, it is rough and rocky and hard to follow and walking it is rough. Deciding to trust Christ and walk with Him looks bleak to some believers but it is a rewarding life that brings joy and fulfillment. Abundant life in the here and now.
Fortunately, no matter how far we have come in life, Jesus extends to everyone the invitation to believe in Him and to become His follower. No one on the broad road has to stay there. All they have to do is to look for the narrow gate, and they’ll find it open to them. How about you? What road are you on?