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To hell

August 7th, 2011 by isaac · 2 Comments

Here’s a short reflection on hell—or, I should say, against hell.

When we confess in the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus went to the dead, we proclaim that the agony of hell is not foreign territory for God, that the Holy Spirit does not abandon the abandoned and that Jesus Christ is a companion to the forsaken.

As Mennonites, we confess our faith not just with our mouths but also with our lives. Jesus invites us into his way of love, a love that descends to the tormented. When the eternal love of Jesus flows through us, we find ourselves caught up in this same movement. The Holy Spirit invites us to follow in the way of Jesus, the One who went into the abyss to reveal the good news of God’s love for the world.

Hell has an address in our neighborhoods and in our cities, at least that’s what I learned from Michael. To walk with Jesus is to find the places on earth where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth and to wait with those in the abyss of hell for the Holy Spirit to bring God’s comfort. Jesus descended to the dead. Will you join him?

For the rest of it, visit The Mennonite magazine.


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MFB // Aug 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

    You are looking seriously Mennonite with that beard.

  • 2 isaac // Aug 8, 2011 at 10:56 am

    it’s my disguise.