“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats”
Jesus Christ was quite clear that there would be a judgement. This would result in some who ‘will go away to eternal punishment’ whilst there would be others who will go ‘to eternal life.’ He was equally clear that ‘whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16) Paul also underlined the truth that
“there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1)
There are aspects that should strike terror into the hearts and minds of those who have dismissed the Lord or taken Him lightly. Scriptures such as
• “He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty” (Rev 19:15)
• “For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31)
Yet to balance the stark confrontation of these statements are the Scriptures that recount our Lord’s dealing with sinners whom He encountered. He would not reject those for whom He was about to die.
• To the outcast woman at the well with her history of failed relationships He offered ‘living water.’
• To the woman caught in the act of adultery He withheld condemnation to death.
• To the thief appealing to Him from the next cross He promised eternal life that very day.
• And then as the One before whom every knee would bow He knelt and washed the feet of His disciples.
It is no wonder that He was called the friend of sinners. Anyone may accept His open hand of invitation into repentance, forgiveness and Life. Those who do need not be afraid. It is those who do not who have something to fear in the Judgement.
‘O my God, in You I trust.’
Lord Jesus please help me to trust You completely with my life here and in the world to come. Amen.