Been thinking of this video today. I’ve shared it on the blog before. It’s basically about that conversation Jesus had with Judas Iscariot, where He said: “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have Me”. The video makes the point that Jesus didn’t say the poor would always be with us; He said ‘You’, and He was talking to Judas.
But then as I thought about it, one word stood out in my mind: Always. “The poor you will always have with you”. Who agrees that in heaven, there’ll be no more poverty? But when Jesus spoke to Judas He said: “The poor you will always have with you”. Judas couldn’t have known then how terrible that statement was, because Jesus also said to God the Father: “None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction” (John 17:12).
Judas betrayed Jesus, and even as he was doing so, Jesus offered Him forgiveness. “Friend, do what you came for” (Matthew 26:50), but Judas turned away from that offer of friendship. He hanged himself. Judas would always have with him the spiritually poor – the tormented – the ones in the heat of the fire, for whom God is far-off and unreachable; the if-only has come too late.
Hell is a real place. It’s not pretty … and Jesus came so we could escape it.