A small group from our church attended Judgement House at Annaville Baptist Church on the Saturday before Halloween. At first glance and thought, one might assume this is a Haunted House or some other similar type event. Especially since it was presented the weekend of Halloween. In actuality, it was far from that. Judgement House was the telling of a story. A story about four individuals whose life choices lead them into either heaven or hell. As you walked through Judgement House, you watched their stories unfold.
The world is filled with good people and bad people. Lots of good people and lots of bad people. I know TONS of the good ones. The sad thing is that not all good people are going to go to heaven. For those of us who have accepted the Lord as our Savior, we are truly saved from the fires of hell. But, if you have not made that decision, for whatever reason, you are taking a huge risk. A risk that could have you spending the rest of eternity with the devil himself.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9
When you walked through Judgement House you received a clear and crisp reminder of what being a Christian is really all about. Here's how it works.....
A guide takes you room by room, scene by scene throughout the House. You are introduced to the four individuals who are on various paths in their lives. One is a hard working business man who leaves little time for his family and thinks the few good deeds he's done are enough. The second is a teenage girl who hasn't yet found the Lord. The third, is her classmate, a young Christian man, eager to share Jesus with her. And lastly, we have another young teen, a boy, who is obviously troubled and filled with anger.
It's sad to witness their deaths....for each one had to die in order for Judgement House to tell it's story. You watched them in scenes from their lives, the very scenes that led up to their unexpected deaths. Each room in the house was positively unique, including the Judgement Room, where each one learned whether they were going to be granted entry into heaven or taken into the black hole of Hell.
One only has to dig into your own imagination to try to come up with your own personal Hell. Well, Judgement House really didn't leave any questions unanswered. Hell was hot. A room steamy and scary. Each person played their part well because I, for one, could not wait to leave the room. It was really interesting how they timed things perfectly. About the time I felt I couldn't stand it any longer they took us out of the room, back to the comforts of air conditioning. Everyone had a sweaty brow....
As ugly and awful as Hell was, Heaven was the complete opposite. So beautiful. White and pure. For a moment, I could easily allow myself to believe that the man playing the part of Jesus was really Jesus. I welcomed His acceptance of me into His kingdom. I embraced the peaceful feelings that came with His embrace and soft words in my ear, "It would be my honor and pleasure to have your company here in My Kingdom some day." Okay - so that may not be exactly what He said, but it was sure something like that. I was so overwhelmed with the grandeur of the moment that His exact words escaped me.
I could sit here and tell you the outcome for each individual and the specifics that happened. But, it's my hope that Judgement House will be in our city again and YOU will have a chance to embrace the moment and experience it for yourself. For that reason, I am opting to not tell the conclusions.
One thing I will tell you? If you don't know Jesus....find Him! Seek Him out! Form a relationship with Him. Accept Him as the Savior of YOUR life!!! He is perfect and good. With Him you can have everlasting life.
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Walking with the King,