A good friend of mine had a blog post on books that I was reading this morning and it got me to thinking about books I’ve read in the past. I want to tell you this morning about a section from the book “The Shack” by William P. Young that really stood out to me and truly demonstrated Jesus’ love for us. If you haven’t read this book and plan to I want to warn you that I will be spoiling a little of it. This was an amazing book if read with an open mind. It is a fictional book about a man named Mack that spent a weekend in a shack with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I warn you, parts of this book are hard to read, but I really enjoyed reading it and would like to read it again. I’m going to paraphrase this next section for you:
At one point in the book Mack has to meet with the Judge. Mack has 5 children and he is told that he has to choose 3 of them to go to Hell and the other 2 get to go to Heaven. Mack says, I can’t make that decision! The Judge says, you have to. Mack again refuses. The Judge tells him that he has no choice. Mack in a panic finally says what about me, can you take me instead? To this the Judge replies, now you are starting to think like Jesus . . . .
I cannot think about this part without just weeping and weeping. How can anyone think that Jesus would choose for any of his children to go to Hell. No matter what they’ve done or how bad they have been He would never want anyone to have to suffer in Hell. That is why Jesus did offer Himself for us. He already took our place. He died a brutal death so that we wouldn’t have to spend an eternity in a place that was created for Satan and his demons, not God’s children. How anyone can reject this amazing, unfathomable love that Jesus has for us is beyond my comprehension. I just want you to remember that Jesus’ love for you is so strong that it can surpass any and all our human weaknesses so no matter what your past looks like always remember that Jesus really does love you no matter what!
JESUS LOVES YOU!!! Now that’s something to smile about!