Grace Moments Devotions - April 12, 2018

What the hell
Pastor Mark Jeske

Adam and Eve brought three curses on their descendants: physical suffering, death, and hell. Hell is an eternal condition, first in soul and then soul and body. People today don’t appear to take it seriously; after all, no one has ever seen the real thing and come back to tell about it. The word hell is either an adult spice word for emphasis or else the scene of The Far Side cartoons where a red-suited devil with a pitchfork and horns bosses unhappy people around. It seems that most Americans, and sadly many Christians, don’t believe in a literal hell.      

Jesus did. He helped design it—a place of endless desolation, torment, hatred, and despair. Jesus did—he experienced it on the cross so that he could release us from its threat. Jesus did—and he described its misery in this parable:

“In hell, where he was in torment, [the rich man]looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire’” (Luke 16:23,24).

Do you get it? Even the small relief brought by a drink of water will be denied the people who have rejected their Savior. Please—you must listen to the utterly earnest voice of Jesus.


Get the true story—God’s story—about yourself!

A Change of Story will help you listen to the story that really matters, so you can live in God’s story of light, love, and grace through Jesus. You’ll learn how to conquer those negative thoughts and embrace the truth that you’re God’s much loved and forgiven child.

Learn more >

For more from Time of Grace visit them at TimeofGrace.org.

Editors' Picks

  • Remembering Billy Graham, 1918-2018
    Remembering Billy Graham, 1918-2018
  • How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
    How Did Lucifer Fall and Become Satan?
  • When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher
    When a Harsh Pastor Is Really a False Teacher