(Jesus speaking) “The Son of Man came to look for and to save people who are lost.” (Luke 19:10 CEV)
We were eating dinner with my 90 year old mother yesterday when she quite unexpectedly said, “the smell of sulphur still frightens me.” I didn’t understand, so I pressed her for an explanation. She looked up at me with those rheumy but still beautiful eyes and said, “I’ve been to hell my son!”
We all put our cutlery down at the same time. What? When, I pressed? She continued, “The first time I was in hospital for my heart surgery nearly 30 years ago. They told me I had about a 50/50 chance. Anyway, I knew that I’d died on that operating table and found myself in a very dark, dark place. It was awful and the smell of sulphur was terrible. All I remember is curling up like a child and sobbing and crying out to Jesus to help me. Then quite suddenly a small crack of light appeared somewhere very high away, I looked up and I saw Him looking down towards me. He reached down into the darkness and pulled me right up to Himself in the Light. I was crying and shaking with fright and he held me close to himself and loved me. I then remember Him feeding me and clothing me and then I woke up in the ICU...”
I pray that whoever is reading this will, like my mother, call out to Jesus, the Christ, the Saviour of GOD to us. I pray that He will open the eyes of your heart to see Him for who he is and that he will exchange your hardened and broken heart for his heart of compassion and love. I pray that your eyes would be opened to see the world for what it is and that he would give you an empathy and drive to help the lost, sick and dying.