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Put your hope in Him
November 2, 2009
by Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

A while ago, I found myself in such pain that I literally pulled at my hair because I did not know what else to do!

A friend called a doctor who had given me six shots at the travel clinic in Hutchinson the day before. He said to try Extra Strength Tylenol. That was like using a pea shooter on a rhinoceros! So, into the emergency room I went.

Those of you who have had a kidney stone know what that pain feels like - you never want to experience it again. The question is, how much would you pay to have the pain taken away?

I didn’t know what the morphine in the emergency room cost me at the time, but I wasn’t really interested in shopping for the best price in the midst of the pain. It did cause me to wonder if there would be this kind of pain in hell.

The Bible tells us in Luke 16:23-24, “In hell, where he [the rich man] was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’”

The rich man was in torment and in agony. How my kidney stone pain compares to torment and agony, I have no way of knowing, but this I do know: in hell, there is no nurse or doctor with morphine available.

There is no hope in hell. Hope is what kept me going on the ride to Hutchinson – I had hope of being delivered from the pain. Without that, I honestly don’t know what I would have done.

Have you repented of your sin and put your trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for you? That is the only sure deliverance from the pain of hell.

To die without Jesus is to die without hope. I can’t imagine living that way.

Christ has taken the pain of our sin, if we will trust in Him. Let Him be your sin bearer, and your pain bearer.