Make sure you are in a personal relationship with Jesus so your inheritance is Heaven and not Hell.

 

What will you Inherit?

Revelation 21

 

Before you go on a trip you do little research. It is a place you really want to go and have had a desire to go maybe for years. You dream and prepare and then it is time to go. I have read a travel guide and found that there are really only two destinations where we can go. I am going to give you some valuable information so you can make a decision about where you want to spend Eternity.

 

Have you ever taken the wrong exit or worse gotten on the wrong interstate when you were on vacation?

It is hard to get turned around but you have to find a way or else you will don’t make it to your intended destination.

Are you on the right interstate this morning?

You are at church instead of in bed. Good!

You are here instead of making something else more important than God. Excellent!

But are you doing the will of God?

 

Matthew 7:20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

A few years ago we were headed down to see Michael and Julia, we were making good time and then I saw a huge factory I had never seen before. In Richmond, Virginia I had taken I-95 south instead of I-64 east. Ugh!

I was just over an hour away from our destination but if I kept traveling down I-95 I would have never made it.

I had to turn around and get back on the right road.

Have you ever missed your exit or gotten on the wrong road?

 

You have to know where you are going to know if you are on the wrong road.

Where are you wanting to go? Where do you want to spend Eternity? Are you headed in the right direction?

 

I want us to examine our two choices and make a serious commitment of where we want to go. When we get committed to our destination we won’t let anything distract us from getting there. We may take a few wrong exits but we will turn around and get back on the right path.

 

The right path to Heaven is accepting the grace of God and obeying His will.

Galatians 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. … 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

You have to be an heir if you are going to inherit the Kingdom of God. Make sure you are a child of God by obeying His will. Look at the back of your bulletin – believe, repent, confess, be baptized – then you will be forgiven of your sins and receive the indwelling gift of God, the Holy Spirit.

 

We have two choices: Heaven or Hell – where do you want to go and how do you get there?

If you want to go to Hell – do whatever you want – you’re on the right trail.

If you want to go to Heaven – do what God asks –

Love God and do whatever you want –

If you truly love God you will only want to do what pleases Jesus.

 

In Heaven we will be with Jesus where there is no pain.

Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, … 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. …4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” … 6 He said to me: “It is done. …To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

 

In Hell there is nothing but pain and agony.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

 

Hell is not an exciting topic but we need to know it is a real place we do not want to go. And that should motivate us to make sure our loved ones don’t go either.

 

There are a few things we should know about Hell (Luke 16:19-31)

 

Luke 16:19 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ 25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ 27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”

 

  1. Hell may be in your future even if you are presently prospering.  v. 19 There was nothing in his life on earth that indicated the terrible future that he faced. In that culture, the rich man would have been considered blessed, spiritual, and destined for heaven. The people of that time reasoned that if a person was doing all right in this life, there was no reason to worry about the future life. Isn’t that still how people think?
  2. Hell is a place of eternal torment and agony.  Hell is described so vividly in this story. The rich man is said to be in “torment.” (Verse 23) He begged for even the smallest amount of water to relieve his suffering. (Verse 24) He himself says in verse 24, “I am in agony in this fire.” In verse 25 Abraham also uses the word “agony” to describe the man’s condition in Hell. In verses 27 and 28 the rich man begs to warn his family about this place so that “They will not come to this place of torment.” The words “torment” and “agony” are used repeatedly by Jesus in the story. Jesus wants everyone to know the real truth about the suffering of Hell. This is meant to be disturbing so that we will do everything necessary to avoid Hell. Some people have a flippant attitude about hell. Mark Twain said, “I’ll take Heaven for the climate and Hell for the society.” Ted Turner once said, “I’m looking forward to dying and going to Hell because I know that is where I’m headed.” Jerome Butler, a convicted killer and scheduled to be executed told one of his death row companions, “I’ll wait for you in Hell!” People would not be so flippant and joke about Hell if they understood the reality. The reality of the torment and agony. The reality that it is eternal.

If we understood the reality of Hell we would not be so flippant either.

We don’t say crazy things like this but we don’t act like there Hell is real either. If you saw someone in your family about to drink poison you would knock it out of their hand. If you knew your friend was taking a drug to gradually kill them self you would do something about it.

If we are not sharing the Good News of Jesus with others then we are showing that we have a flippant attitude about Hell.

This brings up an important point that many people ask. “How could a good and loving God send people to Hell?” We are discussing this topic along with the topic of why suffering in Wednesday Bible Study.

I do not have time to cover that question extensively but let me point out the error and inconsistency of the question itself. We don’t ask, “How could a good judge send a serial killer to the electric chair?” Why don’t we ask that question? The answer is because the judge is not the one responsible for him going to the electric chair, his own evil choices are. We never ask, “How could a good nation like America attack and punish the ISIS?

We don’t ask that question because we recognize that it is their own sins and choices that are reason for their punishment. It is the same with God, He is good, but people end up in Hell because of their own choices, as Abraham reminds the rich man in verse 25.

 

Luke 16:25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 3. Hell is a place without hope.

Abraham explains to the rich man that there is of “great chasm” between heaven and hell. In other words, there is no hope of crossing over from one place to another. His destiny is eternally set. There are no second chances!

Make sure that you’re right with God today because there will be no opportunities after this life, and nobody knows how long this life will last.
Why is Heaven better than Hell? What can we expect in Heaven?

  1. A New Body

2 Corinthians 5:4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.

 

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

 

  1. A New House

John 14:1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

 

  1. Good Food – In Heaven we get to eat and I know it’s even going to be better than your favorite buffet. Matthew 8:11I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Revelation19:9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'”

I do not know why we will need a house or food but that is the imagery the God uses to describe Heaven.

 

Heaven is a better choice than Hell.

 

  1. No Pain / No Stress

Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

  1. We get to see Jesus face to face.

Revelation 22:3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

 

Do you want to meet Jesus face to face? Do you want to live in Heaven for all Eternity?

Then decide to follow Jesus today. You have a choice.

If you haven’t accepted God’s grace – then come today.

If you are a Christian but have gotten off on the wrong exit – turn around.

 

Let’s quit being distracted and truly live for Jesus as we prepare to go to Heaven.

 

Come today as we sing.