I realized there is rarely a sermon that touches on the subject of hell. Most preachers today avoid speaking on that topic. Some even said they wouldn’t preach it.
There is a hush about hell.
But our Lord Jesus frequently talked about hell.
Listen to what He said about the people in the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum who refused to turn to God.
“Woe to you, Chorazin, and woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in your streets had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented long ago in shame and humility. Truly, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on the Judgment Day than you! And Capernaum, though highly honored, shall go down to hell! For if the marvelous miracles I did in you had been done in Sodom, it would still be here today. Truly, Sodom will be better off at the Judgment Day than you” (Matthew 111:21-24 TLB).
See the picture Jesus painted about hell in the story of the rich man and Lazarus.
“The rich man also died and was buried, and his soul went into hell. There, in torment, he saw Lazarus in the far distance with Abraham. “Father Abraham, he shouted, “have some pity! Send Lazarus over here if only to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in these flames” (Luke 16:22-24 TLB).
During His earthly ministry Jesus did not shrink from telling us about this uncomfortable subject of hell. He frequently speak of hell as a place of darkness where “There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30).
In our age of positive thinking and feel-good culture, the tendency is to only exalt the love of God and exclude the wrath of God. Hence the hush about hell.
Yet Jesus warns us what we should fear most.
He says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).
Hell is the reminder that our gracious, loving and merciful God is justified to send us there if we refused to believe and repent.
Be mindful of the hush in our message to a world that needs to escape the wrath to come.