If you died today where do you think that you would Go?
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
In 18th century England they started running out of places to bury people. Consequently, people would dig up coffins and take the bones to a ' bone-house' and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So the clergy decreed that they should tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the 'graveyard shift’) to listen for the bell.
Thus, someone could be 'saved by the bell' Also they could be considered a 'dead ringer.' Those who were in the coffin had a conscious awareness of what was going on around them and what was happening to them. Jesus told a story about a man who went to hell and was in torment (Luke 16:19-31). He was thirsty and he was in a fire! He could see Lazarus in paradise, and he knew immediately who Lazarus was. He was aware of everything and everyone around! And while it was evident that he was aware of who Lazarus was, it was very evident that Lazarus was completely unaware that the rich man was anywhere to be seen. The rich man was completely alone, forgotten for all eternity. He remembered his loved one’s and wanted them as far away from this place as he could get them. He wanted to warn them. He wanted Lazarus to warn them about this place so they wouldn’t go there! He wanted to ring a bell and let them know that he was there. Unfortunately, there was no string, no bell, and no hope for him! But there is for you! There is still time. Have you given your life to Jesus? Are you absolutely sure that you are not going to hell.
Lastly, there was no getting out. This man was never leaving hell for there are no exits there!
On average in this world 1.78 people die every second, 107 people die every minute, 6390 people die every hour, 153,000 people die every day. How many of these people will be spending an eternity in heaven? How many of these people will be spending an eternity in hell? When was the last time you considered the destination of your own soul? 53 times in the Bible the word hell is used. There is a blistering burning hell that people are going to.
A pastor, by sharing the gospel with a man one day led him to Christ. After the man had repented and come to Jesus, he said to the pastor, “Do me a favor?”
“What is it?” the pastor replied.
“Would you take me with you ?” he responded, “ I want to learn how to win souls.”
Pastor said, ”I’m so glad you’d like to! You come with me!”
As they sat in a man’s home, the pastor began to share the gospel going through all the details. And as he spoke he could tell that the man was not interested in what the pastor had to say.
Suddenly the pastor noticed that the man was not looking at him, but at the new convert. Slowly he turned to look at the new convert and he noticed tears coursing down the man’s cheeks. The pastor abruptly stopped witnessing.
The man to whom the pastor had been witnessing looked over at the new convert and asked, “Why in the world are you crying?”
The man who had recently been saved said, “Sir, I’m sorry. But I just got saved. I’m not going to hell anymore!” and as another tear fell from his cheek he said, “And I just don’t want you to go to hell! Please mister, don’t go to hell!”
The man turned back to the pastor as tears filled his own eyes he said,” Preacher, if it’s that important won’t you please start over?”
The pastor started over and because of the tears of a new convert the pastor once again began to share the powerful Gospel of Jesus and another soul was snatched out of hell. The Bible Tells us in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”