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For some of us we got a chuckle, others that hits too close to home as we recently have lost someone we love.
There is an amazing phenomena that happens though when someone dies, we magically remember all the good and forget the bad.
We know it is not socially acceptable to speak the unkind truth at a funeral, or even in the days and weeks that follow someone’s passing.
And often we hear the words uttered “they’re in a better place now.”
Friends, what I’m about to share with you is important, but I take no pleasure in sharing it.
It is painful and sad while at the same time containing great hope.
You see, heaven is a very real place, and so is hell, and every person who is living, has lived, or will live will spend eternity in one of those two locations.
Again, I love you so I’m going to speak the truth about this topic, but it is painful.
You see the root issue is this thing we call sin.
Romans 3:23 clearly states that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
To sin means to miss the mark, in particular the moral standard that God expects of us.
I have yet to meet someone who does not acknowledge that they sin, even if they call it something else.
Some do not care that they sin, some are only sorry that others got hurt, and many are bothered by it.
So the question comes up, what do we do about it?
And this is where we have to deal with some tough truth, and some incredible hope!
From the moment Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God and eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God placed his plan into place.
The entirety of scripture tells of the story of how He longs to see all the nations reconciled to Him.
And this is where Jesus comes in.
Please turn with me to John chapter 3.
I want you to see some things in these verses.
First, God loves the world.
Second, Jesus did not come to condemn the world.
You see our sin already condemns us.
Rather, Jesus came that those who believe in him would have eternal life.
This is the good news of the gospel.
It is what we teach and preach each week.
Paul writes in Romans 5:
Paul is writing to Christians, assuming that they have called on the name of Jesus for forgiveness of their sins, but do you you see it, Christ died for you, and for me, and offers life for all eternity to those who believe in Him.
Now, let me get back to the question at hand though, why do we buy into the lie that all dead people go to a better place?
Where does your fruit say you are headed?
What will you do?
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