“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.” Matthew 13:40-43
If Jesus had mentioned the ‘weeping and gnashing of teeth’ just once or even twice, I would understand explaining it away. I would want to explain it away! Here in Matthew 13 the point is made in three different parables, meaning that the reality of judgment is the point of those parables.
What’s even more significant is the clarity the disciples gained when they were alone with Jesus in the house. They asked Him to explain the parable of the weeds in the field that he had taught the masses earlier. Jesus did.
The ‘earthly story with a heavenly meaning’ became clearly defined as only a few other parables ever were.
“The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.” Matthew 13:37-39
One day Jesus will send out His angels to ’weed out’ all that sin and cause evil in the world. Those will be thrown into a place of fire (pain) where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (suffering).
I wish this wasn’t the future for sinners.
Neither does Almighty God.
When we talk about needing a Savior and God providing One for us in Jesus, this is what we are talking about! God so loves sinners and wants none to perish to the point that He sent His own Son to be the Savior of the world.
As sinners we don’t like the idea of weeping and gnashing of teeth and as sinners we think God shouldn’t do that to those He has created. As sinners we think that God should be more compassionate and gracious than to allow eternal pain and suffering.
And as sinners we don’t see that He is all of those things and more in Jesus Christ, the Savior.
The Gospel is good news! God is love. God is patient, not wanting any to perish, but for all to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Those who believe are given the righteousness of Christ! Sin is no longer held against us. We will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of our Father!
It is okay to, at the same time, love the idea of Heaven and hate the idea of Hell. To dismiss Hell is to remove that which makes having a Savior meaningful. To dismiss Hell lessens the grace and glory of Heaven.
To embrace the reality of Hell motivates me to live for Christ and share the Good News with every person.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love for me and all people. I live for You today.