Heb. 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
Beyond the Grave has been going on at this writing for over eighteen years. For those that don’t know, BTG is a production performed at Victory Fellowship dealing with the horrible issue of school shootings that began to appear after Columbine in 1999. Why the success of BTG? Why do crowds of young people keep coming year after year? I think one of the reasons is the uncertainty that haunts all of us about the fragile lives that we share and the uncertainty of death that faces us all. One of the themes of this production is the fragility of our lives. All of us, the most healthy among us, can face sudden, unexpected death at any moment. All it takes is an unexpected accident, a random gunshot incident, or a sudden illness and our lives are over in an instant. The Bible teaches that all of us have an appointment with the judgement seat of God. For Christians, it will be a great day of rejoicing; for the lost, the beginning of a nightmare beyond your wildest dreams. Here is how Jonathan Edwards described our fragile circumstance and our need for spiritual preparation.
“It is no security to wicked men for one moment, that there are no visible means of death at hand. ’Tis no security to a natural man, that he is now in health, and that he don’t see which way he should now immediately go out of the world by any accident, and that there is no visible danger in any respect in his circumstances. The manifold and continual experience of the world in all ages, shows that this is no evidence that a man is not on the very brink of eternity, and that the next step won’t be into another world. The unseen, unthought of ways and means of persons going suddenly out of the world are innumerable and inconceivable. Unconverted men walk over the pit of hell on a rotten covering, and there are innumerable places in this covering so weak that they won’t bear their weight, and these places are not seen. The arrows of death fly unseen at noonday; the sharpest sight can’t discern them.”
I guess we don’t hear much about hell in our modern world, nevertheless, hell is real and taught very clearly in the Bible. Have you made your peace with God? Today would be a great day you open your heart to God’s love and prepare for the great day that awaits us all.