Big Idea

Hell is a fate worse than death.

Scene Setup

Pintel and Ragetti -- two reanimated pirates from the first film -- sit on the deck of the ship sailing to rescue Captain Jack Sparrow from Davy Jones' Locker.


Hell, Punishment, Escape, Salvation, Soul


The ship is sailing in and among ice bergs. Snow is falling and it is bitterly cold. We see a small monkey shivering next to Pintel and Ragetti. Pintel, looking uncomfortable, says, "No one said anything about cold." Ragetti, the more philosophical pirate, replies, "I'm sure there must be a good reason for our suffering." Pintel wonders why all this fuss. Why can't Tia Dalma, the voodoo woman who brought Captain Barbossa back from the land of he dead, do the same for Jack? He doesn't notice that she is on deck. She has heard his question and responds, "Because Barbossa was only dead. Jack Sparrow is taken, body and soul, to a place not of death, but punishment -- the worst fate a person can bring upon himself -- stretching on forever. That's what awaits at Davy Jones' Locker!" Ragetti says, "Well, I knew there was a good reason."


You can call it Davy Jones' Locker, the Nether Regions, the Pit, but the best description for where Jack Sparrow is located is hell. And despite the plot devices you can see in fantasy films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, once you go to hell, there is no coming back. No one can ride, or sail, to the rescue. But the film's description does get three things right: hell is a place of punishment, it goes on forever, and "it is the worst fate a person can bring upon himself." The Scripture tells us not to fear human beings, who can only kill our bodies, but to fear God, who has the power to cast both body and soul into hell. There really is a fate worse than death. That is why God did the suffering on our behalf in the person of Jesus, so that we could escape that horrible fate. As the parable of the rich man and Lazarus points out, if people would heed God's word, spoken through the law and the prophets, they would hear the warning of hell, and turn to God. Only He can save us from threat of eternal death. The good news is that He wants to do so, and has made a way.


Where To Find


Luke 12:4-5

Ezekiel 33:11

Luke 16:19-31

John 3:16

Revelation 21:8

Video Times

Start: 0:23:02

End: 0:24:08


Hell, Punish, Punishment, Escape, Save, Salvation, Second Death, Lake Of Fire, Outer Darkness, Soul, Souls

Illustration Sermon General Warning

None for this scene. But if you want to run it to the place where Captain Barbossa says, "It's not getting to the land of the dead that's hard -- it's getting back" you will see a man nursing a frozen foot who accidentally snaps off his frozen big toe.

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