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Jesus took your place and mine at the cross… and showed us all what true hope looks like in Him. There is life beyond the death mankind has known. There is hope in things eternal and this is why the gospel is called ‘Good News.’

There was once a stubborn people

but God called them for His own…

and though they were proud and loud,

God gave them blessings so shown,

what was seen by the world so horrible,

to horrible for ear or minds to think…

to think any established people soon

displaced, to go against God and sink,

could this then spoil the pleasure of

man… thinking against God by their call,

to not see God does what He will and

our thoughts of horrible shadow us small?

Strange how these auguries of mind do

tire us, to be at odds with a morning sent,

for surely all in nature reflects the marvels

of God’s own hand, nothing here to resent,

and be it known though chosen by God is

to find blanch’d with fear over not to follow,

for one must follow His commands to be

worshipping Him alone, our choice… or fallow

is the knowledge of God’s choosing us…

left Him to follow our own heart and desire,

we leave ourselves open for the picking…

we’d spurn grace, God’s face, fuel to the fire.

Rodin gave us the visage of ‘The Poet (currently thought of as ‘The Thinker‘ and geared toward philosophy)’ but he was based on Dante’s Inferno (an Italian poet and theology). See this link [from the Rodin Museum] to fully understand what Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) really inferred by this work, designed to ponder on (seen by his looking down) the contents and meaning of hell itself… cause to gain insight to what it would mean to want to suffer the loss of God’s grace and what mankind would face eternally.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable , and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

[Compare this verse of scripture with other versions to comprehend how dire this must truly be… that God Himself would come to earth as man, and die for you and I, that we might be spared this- this is what we should ponder on most]

Jesus died that we would not have to go to hell, and we have but to believe this to be true. To be a believer is to be brave enough to tell the gospel good news, not to be fearful or a coward of the outcome or reaction (we have been warned by Jesus we will be hated for His name’s sake)… and to not believe (or think there is little value to the life of Jesus for yourself) is to be told in advance of sure results- that there is a hell and I wouldn’t want to be going there.

[Below can be found under Matthew Henry Commentary on the scripture provided]

The whole shows us that we should be more and more led to think of heaven as filled with the glory of God, and enlightened by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Nothing sinful or unclean, idolatrous, or false and deceitful, can enter. None are admitted into heaven who work abominations. It is free from hypocrites, such as make lies. As nothing unclean can enter heaven, let us be stirred up by these glimpses of heavenly things, to use all diligence, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God.

Pray for strength this Passover (2016)… that you might not fail to communicate the truth of the Gospel, and if you don’t believe in Jesus… that you might do as the thinker- ponder on it! Your forever after depends on it!

Image from here.