This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #350 titled, “Don’t Be Surprised.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
We get surprised when things come upon us unexpectedly. Many things that occur in our lives come without warning. Sometimes things like sickness, bills and family crises just cannot be anticipated. Even our own death can come by surprise. What comes after death, however, is something that does not need to be a surprise for anyone. It is not God’s desire that you be surprised after you die. He tells us in the Bible that every one of us will live somewhere forever. To be prepared for life after death, we must first examine what we believe about this matter in the light of God’s Word.
Do you think a person stops existing after death?
The Bible, God’s Holy Word says in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” The word “after” tells us that life does not end with death. No matter what you think will happen when you die, God says that His judgment will follow. If you are anticipating “nothing” after death, you will be surprised!
Do you think God would never send you to hell?
The Bible says in Psalm 5:4, “For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” Because God is holy, He must punish sin. Sin cannot be where God is. We are all sinners. If a person’s sin is not cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, God must send him to hell: Revelation 20:15 says, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”. If you think no one goes to hell, you will be surprised!
Do you think being good will get you to heaven?
Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses [good deeds] are as filthy rags….” Being a good person is not enough to make us acceptable to God. We are still filthy sinners. Romans 3:12 says that in God’s eyes, “…there is none that doeth good, no, not one”. Sin means “missing the mark.” We have all missed God’s mark even though we may do many good things. If you think a person’s goodness gets him to heaven, you will be surprised!
Do you think hell will be just a big party?
Matthew 13:50 says that the wicked will be cast “…into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth..” A furnace of fire, wailing, and gnashing of teeth do not paint the picture of a party atmosphere. In reality, hell will be filled with only suffering and anguish. In the Bible, Luke 16:22-23 tells of a man who “died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments.” If you think there will be any pleasure in hell, you will be surprised!
Do you put off thinking about death and eternity, hoping it will just “turn out well”?
The Bible says in John 3:18 says, “…he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” The person who has not trusted in Jesus Christ is in peril of eternal condemnation already! Hebrews 2:3 says, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” These matters are too important to leave unconsidered. Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross to pay the punishment that you deserve. The resurrection of Christ is proof that God accepted His payment for sin. If you do not receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will be surprised!
If you have never responded to God’s offer of salvation, call out to the Lord Jesus Christ to save you now. Come to Him as a needy sinner and put your faith and trust in Him today. He will save you by His amazing grace! You might express your heart to God in a prayer like this:
“Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.”
If you have turned to God in repentance and put your trust in Jesus Christ, the Bible says you are now a child of God, saved, and have eternal life. Because God says so, you are now ready for what comes after death. You will not be surprised!
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at [email protected] and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
The tract this podcast is based on is written by Steven Lyon and published by Moments With the Book, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to spread God’s Word to the world through the printed page and other media. You can order copies of this tract online at MWTB.org.