Arnold and Jack Black pulling a 1-2 punch?? Not today. We’re talking about the Judgment Day. The end of the world as we know it…
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Mt 25: 31-32
As Christians, this is what we believe. And probably for most us, it’s freaking terrifying. No one wants to be judged. Especially when you consider the stakes. It’s not just points on your driver’s license – it’s Heaven or Hell. Eternal Happiness or Eternal Damnation.
For a lot of us, the first reaction is “well, I’m not a bad person. Hopefully, I’d be sent to Heaven.” And for some of us, there’s almost this feeling or fear that IF I get sent to Hell, that’d be wrong. I’d be wrongfully condemned.
Wrongfully condemning an innocent man is a reality in our country and world. But, I think you could easily argue, that this is impossible when it comes to our Final judgment.
Let’s consider this.
If Jesus Christ is who he says he is, who we believe he is, then he is the perfect judge. He judges perfectly. He has all the facts. He has all the evidence. There’s no mistake. There’s no wrongfully condemned.
And, when that’s the case, Christ doesn’t condemn us, we condemn ourselves. If we go to Hell, it’s because we choose it, in one way or another. Every decision, big or small, either moves us closer to God or away from Him. Further on the path to Heaven or down the road to Hell.
So with that, how do we want to appear on that last day? How does that affect our decisions today?
Let’s let that simmer. If that’s too much to handle right now, take a step back and just really consider if we believe in Heaven and Hell.
Be the Men.