Years ago I went into a prison to help some of the inmates in their relationship to God.

Years ago I went into a prison to help some of the inmates in their relationship to God. While I was there one inmate started crying and wanted to talk to someone. As we talked he said he missed his family very much and he wanted to be with them. His statements of “I am in here because of one mistake,” and repeatedly saying “one mistake, one mistake,” reminded me of something the Bible talks about.

There will be more people permanently separated from God in the future than those in His presence, (Matthew 7:13&14). If we are still alive there is still hope but if physical death occurs it will be too late, there will be no escape and no second chances.

I don’t know what the prisoner did to be locked up and put into prison but the Bible is very clear about what sends or condemns someone to hell (Romans 6:23). It is disobeying or breaking Gods laws or rules (Romans 3:23) and the killer is the rejection of Jesus Christ. A good example of this is the two men who were crucified with Jesus (Luke 23:33-43). One repented, asked for forgiveness and mercy from the Son of God (Mark 10:45). One found mercy, forgiveness and eternal life (in paradise with Jesus, Mark 23:43), the other didn‘t. In our relationship to God we are either, forgiven or condemned. See you in church next Sunday. Brother J