|John 8:21-24 |
21 Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek me, but you will die in your sins; and where I am going, you are not able to come."3
22 Then the Jews said, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come.'"
23 And he said to them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 Therefore I said to you, that you will die in your sins; because if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins." [If in the day of your visitation you do not believe the word and light in your heart that reasons with you to do good, you will continue in evil and die in your sins.]
3 I am going away, and you will seek me, but you will die in your sins, and where I am going you are not able to come.
I am going away, and you will seek me. God, speaking through Jesus on the earth, is going to leave the earth. The Jews could care less that Jesus goes away; they would be happy to have Jesus disappear from their lives. However the Jews continued to seek God, who had been speaking through Jesus. The Jews continued to seek God by listening to their priest read the scriptures every 7th day, they continued to pray to God, they continued to tithe, and they continued to observe food and drink restrictions, etc.
but you will die in your sins, and where I am going you are not able to come. The Jews, seeking God in their old ways, instead of finding God, died in their sins, and they were unable to go to the Kingdom of God, (because they were still slaves to sin, still sinning). Notice! Jesus has plainly stated that if one dies in their sins, (still sinning), they will not be able to enter the kingdom of God. Why? Because if you die still sinning, you would be absolutely miserable in heaven; all your pleasures and desires, having not been crucified while on earth, are not available in heaven, and you would be miserable without them. You would be yearning for the old wine, which you think is better than the new wine because you have not been prepared, crucified, purified, (the new wineskin), and freed from lusts, anger, sexual desires, resentment, envy, greed, lying, jealousy, foolishness, revelry, drunkenness, pleasures, pride, etc. Even your thoughts would be heard by everyone around you; you would be terrified and wanting to run to darkness where you hope your thoughts would not be heard by everyone.
Jesus is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners. Heb 7:26
Gentle reader, do not despair; God takes no pleasure in anyone dying in their sins. Jesus came to the earth to make it possible for every man to be freed from sin and to enter the Kingdom of God, beginning while on earth. He came to set us free from sin as the next footnote details.