Glory verses Hell (Matthew 17; Mark 9; Luke 9:28-62

47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ Mark 9:47-48

True statement: “There is never a moment in this life when something is not at stake.”

If you are reading the blog early in the morning, the above statement could be a wake-up call?  If you are reading the blog late at night, the above statement could be a reason to stay up a little longer.

For me, the reality of the eternal consequences of every moment cause me to pay closer attention to details.  For example:

In our focal texts for todays readings we see similar content in each:

  • The scene of Jesus true glory being revealed.  Here Peter, James, and John have the honor of seeing the unveiled glory of God.
  • The scene of Jesus power being revealed.  Jesus has power over all the forces of hell.
  • The scene of Jesus future being revealed.  Jesus is going to the cross.  He will die and He will death hell, death, and the grave.

Each of those scenes point us to the magnificent glory of God.  But there is also unique content in each chapter.  One of those is in Mark 9:42-48 where Jesus teaches us concerning hell.

Most would rather spend their day’s not speaking of such a place.  But it is real and it is the payday for those who live a life of sin.  In Mark’s writing we are reminded of sins destructive power.  We are reminded of hell’s pain.  We are reminded of the radical spiritual surgery we need in order to overcome sins pull on our lives.

In this moment think back to what we said in the beginning:  “There is never a moment in this life when there is not something at stake.”

God intends for His followers to live a life that reflects His glory before the nations.  The significance of this is clear.  There is a heaven to gain and a hell to overcome.

Brothers and sisters, “Let us give every effort to this work because every moment counts.”

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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