How would you answer the question?

d13_1“How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Hebrews 9-11)

I don’t think I can calculate the answer size that should be given.

There are plenty of things in life that I will reject for one reason or another and deservedly so. There are certainly some rejections that were mistakes. There is no uncertainty suggested in today’s verse.

The line is drawn boldly: Do I accept what Jesus did for me or not? Not accepting what He has done will produce the direst of consequences………..eternal separation from God in the after-life.

This verse appears to be confronting the hard-core rejecters. They are adamant that Jesus wasn’t special and definitely didn’t do anything special. God has nothing but bad news for them on Judgment Day.

Could this verse also fall on those who know who Jesus is but aren’t interested just yet in connecting to Him? The answer is, “Yes!” These folks need to understand that they will suffer the same punishment as those deliberately for rejecting Jesus.

There is a day coming when the “books” of our lives will be opened. Those who accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross as covering their heaven-separating sins and give their lives to Him will be spared from what they deserve in the after-life. The rejecters, of all stripes, will end up in Hell.

“This verse is very clear. There are no scenarios presented for partways or halfways. We either accept or reject You. The consequence for the rejecters is horrible. Father, open avenues to the unbelieving hearts of those in my midst and family. I do not want them to suffer the consequences of their unbelief. O Lord, my God. Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on …….”

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