Raelyn reached for a bowl of nuts. She took a pecan and placed it between the jaws of a nutcracker. "Mom, in Bible club today, we had a lesson on hell," she said in a troubled voice. "It scared me. What if I go there when I die?"
"Hell is a scary place," agreed Mom. "God created it for the devil and his angels. People who refuse to accept Jesus as Savior will join them there."
Raelyn's brother Andy spoke up. "But if you ask Jesus to forgive you and
you trust Him to wash your sins away, you'll go to heaven instead."
"I've asked Jesus to be my Savior," Raelyn said slowly, "but I still worry about hell sometimes," She held the pecan carefully as she squeezed the nutcracker. But the nut slipped away, and the jaws of the nutcracker closed on her finger. "Ouch!" she wailed. She tossed the nutcracker into the bowl.
"I don't want to crack nuts anymore," Raelyn decided after nursing the finger for a few minutes. "That hurt!"
"You're scared of a little nutcracker?" Andy asked. "Not me! Watch!" He grinned as he put his finger between the jaws of the nutcracker. Then he put a book beside his finger. "Go ahead . . . squeeze it," he said, holding out his hand. Raelyn obliged, but the book kept the nutcracker jaws open. Andy laughed. "See, it doesn't even hurt!" he said.
"The book took all the pressure--all the punishment--Andy deserved," Mom continued. "That's a pretty good example of what Jesus does for us."
"I think I get what you're saying," said Andy. "We all sin and deserve to be punished in hell, but when we receive Jesus into our lives, He protects us from hell, sort of like the book protected my finger. Right, Mom?"
Mom nodded. "Andy trusted the book to keep his finger safe, Raelyn, and we can trust Jesus to keep us safe, now and for all eternity. We can have the joy of knowing we won't go to hell. Instead, we'll be with Jesus in heaven."
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you worry that you might go to hell? Everyone has sinned and deserves to go to hell,
but when Jesus died on the cross, He took that punishment for our sin. If you trust in Him, you don’t need
to worry about going there. If you haven’t accepted Jesus, don’t wait any longer. Receive Him right now and experience the joy of having your sins forgiven. (See the ABCs of Salvation at the end of this book.)
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
(Jesus) Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree . . . by whose stripes you were healed.
*Verse displayed is NKJV