I will make you fishers of men…
I wanted to add some thoughts from my post from last week. A Part II if you will. You can find the first part at https://messagefromthefield.com/2016/02/20/the-night-on-which-no-morning-dawns/
Just as clearly as Jesus spoke on hell, He also spoke on heaven.
“Jesus: I am the resurrection and the source of all life.. those who believe in Me will live even in death. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never truly die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life. John 3:16
Jesus: Don’t get lost in despair; believe in God, and keep on believing in Me. My Father’s home is designed to accommodate all of you. If there were not room for everyone, I would have told you that. I am going to make arrangements for your arrival. I will be there to greet you personally and welcome you home, where we will be together. You know where I am going and how to get there. John 14:1-4
The prophecies are fulfilled:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more,
For the first things have gone away. Revelations 21:4
From his book “Follow Me” David Platt, writes
“True belief in both heaven and hell radically changes the way we live on earth”.*
We are only here for a moment of time, and after our short sojourn eternity lies before us.
Jesus said to His disciples “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”, it was His mission on earth to save us from hell, that prompted His call to them. It for this same reason He calls you and I.
The anti-christian sentiment we see in our world is directed towards discouraging from this mission to follow and be fishers of all people. It comes in threats of death and actual genocide in other countries. It comes from public officials, our education system and in our public market place and in other nations, attempting to deny the opportunity to share the Gospel. It comes through accusations of intolerance towards lifestyles and other religions. Make no mistake the enemy fears the message of the Cross and will do anything and everything to prevent its message from being spread.
David Platt states this challenge to persevere to each of us “If you and I know and we believe that Jesus came to save us from hell for heaven, then we have no choice but to spend our lives here on earth making that salvation known”.*
Wherever we encounter people, at the coffee shop, studying next to us in the library, working next to us in the office or living next to us in our neighborhoods, they may be on the road to everlasting suffering. We must tell them about the Christ who will lead them to eternal salvation and satisfaction. If we believe anything less it makes no sense.*
We must do this no matter what the cost to us may be. Jesus is saying,
*© 2013 by David Platt- Follow Me