John 5:19-30

For the next several months we will be walking through the life and teachings of Jesus as told to us by someone who walked with Him, the Apostle John.

Zach Farrar, walked us through a very difficult passage that continued from where we left off last week – with Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees in John chapter 5. After healing the paralytic on the Sabbath, Jesus had a frank conversation with the Jewish leaders about the eternal consequences of their failure to see Him for who He is – the Son of God. The most revealing part of this conversation was that Jesus is speaking to “insiders” in the faith. The Jewish leaders knew the Old Testament Scriptures. They were well-versed in their knowledge of God. And yet, they could not see Him when He was standing in their midst. And the same could be said for many of us who have lots of knowledge inside of the Church. This is an opportunity to evaluate whether we each will “believe and live” or choose to not believe, and thus to perish eternally.

We realize this is a difficult topic, but it is essential to the Christian faith. If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here. If you would like to do further research about Hell and the centrality of eternal punishment to the message of grace and hope that Jesus offers, here are a few resources we’d commend to you:

John Piper: “The Echo and the Insufficiency of Hell

Charles Spurgeon: ‘Turn or Burn’ sermon

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