J.C. Ryle on the terrifying nature of missing Jesus, described in Luke 13:22-30 as being outside the great Banquet Hall of the Messiah:
There is something especially striking in our Lord's prophecy here. It reveals the awful fact that many may see what is right when it is too late for them to be saved.
There comes a time when many will repent too late, believe too late, grieve for sin too late, pray too late, be anxious about salvation too late, and long for heaven too late.
Thousands will wake up in another world and be convinced about truths which they refused to believe on earth. Earth is the only place in God's creation where there is any infidelity.
Hell itself is nothing but truth known too late.