Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. -Jesus Christ; Matthew 25:41
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. -Romans 5:8
Occasionally someone would say to Joe, “A loving God would not send anyone to Hell.” Joe Brumbelow would sometimes respond with this illustration:
Suppose your medical doctor told you that you were dying and there was no hope - and you replied, “Isn’t there any hope? Doctor, you can’t just let me die.” Suppose you begged and pleaded with the doctor until he said, “There is just one hope. There is a very rare and expensive medicine, but I know you could never afford it.” You replied, “Doctor, please let me live. You’ve got to get me that medicine.”
Suppose the doctor took pity on you and determined he was going to obtain that medicine, no matter the cost. The doctor sold his house, sold his car and anything else he had of value. Then he borrowed all the money he could, even though it would put him in debt for the rest of his life. Finally he scraped the money together and gave it all to buy you that vial of costly medicine.
The doctor comes to you with the medicine and tells you how much it cost him. “My wife and children will be in poverty from now on, but we couldn’t let you die,” he tells you. He then carefully hands you the precious vial of medicine.
Suppose you looked at that vial of medicine in disdain, and then threw it to the floor. The doctor watches in horror as the vial that cost him everything breaks and the medicine runs into the floor.
Then suppose you had the audacity to say, “Doctor, you’re not just going to let me die are you? I thought you loved me more than that.”
You were a sinner headed for Hell. But God loved you and gave His only begotten Son, the most precious thing He had. Jesus went to the cross for you. He shed His royal blood, gave His life for you and then rose again. Because of the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for you on Calvary, you can simply accept Him as Lord and Saviour and be forgiven and escape Hell. But you reject the most precious gift that has ever been given; then have the audacity to say, “How could a loving God send someone like me to Hell?"
-from The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow, Hannibal Books.
-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, September 3, AD 2012.
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