The Terrifying Punishment of Outer Darkness

The point Jesus stresses is God's white hot anger with anybody who refuses his gift of the wedding garment.

All week we have been looking at Jesus’ parable recorded in Matthew 22. We have seen the point Jesus stresses is God’s white-hot anger with anybody who refuses his gift of the wedding garment. His anger comes to a boil when he says about the man who refused to wear the garment the king gave him. “Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

This stops us in our tracks. It is nothing less than terrifying.

Imagine for a moment living in total darkness. One time I went on a tour of a cave. During the tour, they extinguished all the lights so we could experience total darkness. It probably only lasted seconds, but it felt like an eternity. To this day, I remember how it felt as if the darkness was literally choking me. How I was afraid to move even a muscle because I didn’t know if I would bump into something and trip and fall.

Add to this the sound of constant weeping and gnashing of teeth. Biblical outer darkness is beyond terrifying.

It’s even more terrifying when we understand that this is where everybody will go who is not relying on Christ’s righteousness—totally relying on it. Trusting in any of our righteousness in addition to Jesus’ righteousness, ruins it. As the old saying goes, one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch. And as we saw yesterday, in God’s sight, all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.

Friends, take this to heart. Don’t ignore it. See that Jesus doesn’t say people who aren’t worthy will be consigned to a lesser section of heaven. No. He says they will be cast into outer darkness. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

Seeing how to live with God for all eternity is the most important thing in the world.

To explore this further, read “How Can I Be Sure I’ll Avoid Outer Darkness”.

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