One by one the family members of the victim of a horrific murder approached the microphone and through sobs and tremors of grief and loss delivered their own victim impact statements to the judge and jury.
The mother of the bloodgeoned child raised trembling arm and pointed deliberately at the accused. Her eyes glared at him as she sputtered “You can rot in Hell for what you’ve done!”
But the fact is he will not “rot in Hell”… no one will.
Hell is a place of eternal torment. It’s inhabitants would gladly choose to “rot” there, if only they could… to diminish bit by bit, until finally they were no more. But Hell is a place of no endings. Just as the soul is eternal, Hell is eternal.
Scripture records another “victim statement,” one from the depths of Hell itself,
In Hades [Hell] he lifted up his eyes, being in torment… And he cried out… ‘have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’” (Luke 16:23, 24 – NASB)
But in Hell no such respite is possible. Yet, there is another place, a place for those who trust in Christ. Hell, said Jesus, is prepared already…
“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Leave Me, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels (demons)” (Matt. 25:41 – AMP)
But so much vaster are the splendours of Heaven than the scope of the torments of Hell that even now Jesus continues to make it ready.
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2 – AMP)
You are your soul… you are eternal. Where will you be 100 years from today? 1,000 years from today? 100,000 years…100,000,000….. 100,000,000,000……..