The logic goes: If God is loving, then the concept of eternal suffering is incompatible with his character. It seems logical but it’s not biblical. Nor is it really logical. I can understand why people would believe this lie. After all, the Bible describes hell as being real and horrible. It uses a number of pictures to describe what hell is. Isaiah the prophet describes it as fire, a fire that will never go out. Jesus ends his parable of the talents by saying “And throw that worthless servant outside where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Hell is described as fire because when you get burned, you forget every good thing. I think of how true that is just when I burn my finger. I can’t remember any blessings at that moment. All I can concentrate on is the pain. Hell is described as darkness because then you can’t see beauty. It’s described as outside. Because then you don’t belong. Hell is real, and it is horrible. You see, God is love but God is also just. Sin must be punished. And that’s logical. If, if, God forbids, someone were to murder a family member, and he was convicted. And at his sentencing, the judge said, “Well, now, are you sorry for that?” And the man said, “Yes.” And the judge said, “Are you really sorry?” And the man said, “Yes, I’m really sorry.” And then the judge said, “Well, then you’re free to go” Would you be OK with that? No! We, we’d scream out, “That’s unfair! That’s unjust!” God is love but he is also just. So, how does he satisfy both? Well, to use maybe a crude analogy, imagine that there is a kingdom where a king makes a decree that there will be no baked goods that can be sold on Tuesdays. And if anybody sells baked goods on Tuesdays, then they’ll go into the stockades for the day. Well, the king’s mother was up on Monday night. She was baking some tasty cookies. And she thought, “These are just way too good to keep to myself.” So she decided that she was going to go out and sell the cookies the next day. Well, she got busted. And she got dragged before the king. And so now the king has a dilemma. The king loves his mom. He doesn’t want to put her in the stockades. And yet, there was a crime committed. It needs to be punished. So if you’re king, how do you satisfy both your justice and your love? Well, you go into the stockades for her. Your justice is satisfied because the crime is punished. Your love is satisfied because you didn’t punish your mother. That’s what Jesus did for us. Jesus saw that we deserved hell for our sins. Because of his justice, he knew that needed to take place. But because of his love, he didn’t want us to have to suffer that hell. So what did he do? Jesus suffered hell in our place. Yeah, hell is real. But because of Jesus suffering for us on the cross, so is heaven. Let’s pray. Lord Jesus, thank you for suffering the hell I deserve. Let me show my thanks in my life for you today. Amen. Just click on the link in this post. And we’d be thrilled to send them over to you so you gain more peace in Jesus. And we’ll make sure that you don’t miss out on an ounce or day of God’s grace. And we’ll see you tomorrow.