Summary: A sermon examining the danger of dying "in your sins".
The Worst Place To Die
Death is not a subject that we enjoy thinking about. But, despite efforts by doctors, rescue workers and other medical professionals worldwide, the global death rate remains constant at 100 percent." The Bible tells us in - James 4:14 (that life is) a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.Hebrews 9:27 proclaims that "it is appointed unto man once to die"
Throughout history, men and women have died in some strange ways and in some strange places.
- Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov from Kazan, Russia had been wrongly declared deceased by doctors on June of 2012. The horrified 49-year-old began screaming when she realized they were getting ready to bury her. She was rushed back to the hospital, where doctors had declared her dead (again) from a suspected heart attack.
- Homer and Langley Collyer were brothers who were compulsive hoarders. They set up booby traps to protect their belongings from intruders. One day in 1947 Langley was crawling through a tunnel of trash and set off one of his own traps. He was crushed under tons of garbage. His brother was paralyzed and died of starvation because he was unable to feed himself.
- Canadian lawyer Garry Hoy died in a building while trying to prove that the glass in the windows of a 24th floor office was unbreakable, by throwing himself against it. It didn’t break - but it did pop out of its frame and he plunged to his death.
- In September 1998 Paul Stiller and his wife were inebriated and bored. They decided to cure their boredom by taking a midnight drive with a couple of sticks of dynamite. Their plan was to light the dynamite and throw it out of the window. But as a result of their drunken condition they forgot to roll down the window. Paul died and his wife was critically injured.
CBS News recently published an article entitled "The 5 worst places to die". The article begins by stating "There's no avoiding death—but some places are "better" places to die than others." The study ranked 80 countries for their "quality of death." Researchers looked at factors such as: the overall sedative care, healthcare environment, the availability of healthcare professionals, and the affordability and quality of care. The 5 worst places to die were: Iraq, Bangladesh, Philippines, Nigeria, Burma.
I would submit to you that these are not the worst places that one could die. Without a doubt the number 1 worst possible place that you can die is "in your sins". The reason that this is the worst possible place to die is because of the consequences of dying this way.
We are told in Luke 16 of a "rich man" who died in his sins. After he died "he lifted up his eyes in Hell". He found himself in the midst of eternal torments. He begged for just "one drop of water to cool his tongue." He was in a place of fire and was "tormented in the flames".
Jesus described hell as a place of "weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth". - Hell is a place of torments. It is a place of never ending fire and unquenchable thirst. It is a place of suffering, separation and sorrow! One of the worst aspects of Hell is the fact that those who are there, didn't have to go! There are some people under the sound of my voice who will one day draw their last breath and find themselves condemned and facing these eternal torments. Why? ...Because you chose to die in the worst place ever! You will face this damnation because you died "in your sins".
I have good news, you don't have to face this destiny. Jesus is offering you a great gift called salvation today. Through His Holy Word He warns of the consequences of rejecting Him. In our selected text He tried to warn the Pharisees, but they didn't listen. They died in their sins and as a result they are in Hell today! I hope you will learn for their error! Let's look at Jesus' warning to the Pharisees and examine "The Worst Place To Die".
- In verse 12 of this chapter, Jesus proclaimed that He was "the light of the world". He told the Pharisees that if they would follow Him, they would not walk in darkness, rather, they would have the light of life. - But, as usual... these Pharisees rejected Him. In verses 20-29 Jesus continues to reach out to these stubborn religious folk. in these same verses, He reveals the consequences of rejecting Him as Messiah. Those who rejected Him then, experienced spiritual death. Those who reject Him now, will experience the same!
Let's walk through these verses and see just who will die in their sins. We see in verses 21-22 that: