John 3:16-18 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
Do you believe Newton’s third law of physics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction? If you have ever spent a day in a science lab, you know this to be true. Science labs are all about doing something to find out what the reaction will be. Actually, that is true for a toddler, young person and teenager. Try this, see what happens. Some adults spend their lives in this manner as well. All that being said, looks like this law is true.
That being the case, guess what? It says to me that there are consequences. “Oh no! Not consequences! We don’t need consequences! Those are for someone else. It is never my fault. That equal and opposite reaction stuff is not for me. I won’t believe it.” If you don’t believe something, does that make it not true? Nope. Sorry honey, doesn’t work that way. You refuse to believe it is cold outside in Michigan right now and go outside in your bathing suit, trust me, you will run back in for a parka!
Just because it is inconvenient for you and you really don’t want to believe it, doesn’t make it not true.
In these verses, Jesus is laying out the truth for Nicodemus. God loves the world. He loves us enough to give us a choice to love Him. He doesn’t want robot zombies to worship, love and serve Him. He wants people who choose to love Him, worship Him and serve Him. But in that choice is consequences. Consequences for choosing Him and consequences for rejecting Him. Equal and opposite reaction. And if you choose not to believe this truth, it doesn’t make it not true. The Bible is Truth whether you choose to believe it right now or not. One day, you will believe. You will believe that moment before Jesus says to you “depart from me.” And off you will be to hell. Hell is a real place. Real people go there. Real people will spend eternity there because they rejected Jesus when they had the opportunity to believe. Sad, but true.
So, little miss sunshine here, to remind you that heaven is a prepared place for prepared people. And hell is a prepared place for unprepared people. Be prepared. Everyone has a choice. What is yours – smoking or nonsmoking?