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Every year around 60 million people die in the world. That is approximately 2 people per second.
And they will all live forever, either in Heaven or Hell. It all depends on whether the Lord Jesus Christ is their Savior or their Judge.
The most popular perception is that Jesus is all about love and peace. That is true for those who believe in Him.
For those who repent from their sins and acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior, there will be eternal love, joy and peace.
But...What about those who reject Him?
In Luke 12:51 Jesus says that he is not come to bring peace but division
Jesus is a divider. He came to divide the whole world.
Judgement is coming.
He describes that judgment in verse 49 with these words: “I have come to cast fire upon the earth.”
In John 9:39, He said, “For judgment I came into the world. "
In the fifth chapter of John and verse 22:
The difference between judgement and life is what you do with Jesus Christ. He will either be your Savior or your final Judge.
Jesus came to be the divider between those who are in the light and those who are in the darkness, those who have been forgiven and those who have not.
Christ came the first time to love us and release us from our sins by His blood. He comes the second time to establish His authority and to judge.
Salvation from sin and death and judgment is provided by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
In light of that reality of His own death, the Lord gives us three vivid illustrations.
The first lesson is you are going before the judge. You should settle before you get there.
Jesus says, Fear the eternal Judge. Fear the eternal God. You have violated His law and His holiness. You’re headed for the Judge.
Human history is not going to end in some kind of pandemic. Covid 19 is not going to bring it down.
Human history will end when the Judge says it’s time for final court. Make an effort to settle with Him before you get there.
This is still the favorable day of the Lord; you will face judgment, and it will be too late then.
But you can settle now, and you settle by embracing the provision He has made for forgiveness, the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, or else you will end up paying forever for your own sins.
The second lesson comes from Luke 13:1-5
There is this notion that if something bad like that happened to you, any kind of calamity or sickness, it meant that you were one of the bad people.
When Job was going through the trial even though he was righteous, his friends accused him of being evil.
When a blind man from his birth was passed by Jesus and his disciples, they asked him who sinned — him or his parents
We typically think that if I haven't had a major calamity I'm doing fine. I'm a good person.
What’s going on in your life may seem like blessing because things are okay. Others have died, but not you. That doesn’t mean anything.
It’s not when you die or how you die, it’s whether you repent.
Even the Old Testament saints would say to God, “Why do the unrighteous prosper, and why do the righteous sometimes suffer?”
Because the things that happen in this life aren’t the ultimate end.
Jesus is saying you’d better repent: repent of your sin, repent of your unbelief, and come to Christ before a worse calamity comes upon you and it's too late.
The third lesson is you’re living on borrowed time. Jesus tells us in this parable
This is the favorable year of the Lord.
The most universal gift of God’s common grace is time: time to repent, time to believe.
God is patient. You’re living in the time of His patience.
You’re living on borrowed time. Every human being is living on borrowed time. You don’t know when that time is up.
I remember 9/11 happened on a Tuesday, and a few days later I was on CNN with Larry King, and he said to me, “What is the lesson of 9/11?” I said, “The lesson of 9/11 is you don’t know when you’re going to die. It’s the lesson.” That’s the lesson. You’d better settle the account before you face the Judge. You will die, and you’re not in charge of your death.
John MacArthur - Pastor of Grace Community Church
So many people are talking about death on such a superficial level with this pandemic. When you talk about death, you’re talking about eternity. You’re talking about eternal Hell or eternal Heaven.
The church is necessary in a time like this.
The gospel is necessary in a time like this.
We who are the church in the world need to stand up and declare the truth of the gospel that rescues men from final and eternal judgment.
-Carolyn W., Gulf Hammock, FL
-Bonnie G., Meansville, GA.
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