Tuesday, November 21, 2023
by David Brenneman
In our certainly "look at me, identify me as I want to see me" culture, so many millions of people are going to be rudely awakened when they stand before Jesus someday.
We yet still live with the same kind of people who lived both 2,000 years ago, let alone those who lived before the Great Flood written about in the book of Genesis. People do not change as much as people would like to be known as having changed. A sin nature today is no greater or less than a sin nature that came from Adam and Eve. Sin is sin.
Just as true is that Jesus is the same in the here and now as Jesus was before all creation came about. He will be the same throughout eternity.
The sin nature has pride as its mantra. It's not too difficult to look down on the more visible attributes in humanity and call those things evil. Truth is every single person who has ever lived has the very same potential for the most horrific forms of evil both seen and imagined. Sin is what kept Jesus on the cross, its necessity of being dealt with held Him there.
The point of view of people doesn't matter in the light of the truth of God. Our opinions do not matter in the courts of the Most High God.
Many people, when reading the Bible, overlook so much when Jesus does so much in the absence of speaking.
People will most likely not give way to silence when Jesus acts in His divine judgment. Yet their outcome will remain the same. What Jesus says or does not say will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. When, not if, He separates humanity, it will be a permanent separation. No one will successfully dispute what Jesus's judgment means.
In our lives we have so much before us that's to magnify self. To get self to be recognizing, magnified about others.
When self is made higher something or someone else must decrease or be made lower.
To read what the Bible tells us, and to live it, is what raises people up in the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Yesterday I obtained another certification. Yet that piece of paper does not define me in the eyes of God. None of my other certifications do. None of my diplomas do. Had I went for a degree, that would not.
My identity is found solely in Christ Jesus.
While once I was lost, now, I am found. Was blind but now I see. I was dead but now I live because of what my Savior did for me.
Demons are no joke. They exist in our world today the same as when Adam and Eve sinned the very first sin. They have become very crafty over the centuries.
It's taken thousands of years to duplicate what took place before the Tower of Babel...but it's here today. Pretty much all languages are easily cross-translated. Essentially back to a unified potential. Software is able to hear anyone's spoken word and translate it audibly.
What we're experiencing is not what the world's news outlets tell everyone. We are experiencing the preparation for the return of Jesus. Jesus told the world what to look for before He comes...have you ever considered looking for those things?
Jesus surely defeated Satan at the cross but history as written in the Bible must be carried out.
To watch in movies of reenactments of world history in which people are dispassionately separated into groups. One group to be released the other to certain death. Both sides crying out to the other and nothing being able to bring them back together again.
Fast forward to the day Jesus separates those who are His from those who are not. His judgment isn't cold or heartless. It's part of the cost of rejecting Him as being Lord and Savior, of saying no to His free gift of salvation. That cost is extremely high...for it was paid for with His own blood.
Some may think that Christians who take the Bible seriously are missing out on life. On the contrary, they are finding what true life is about. It's not found in self. It's found not in possessions or entertainment. It's found only in a life lived for Jesus. The Author and the Perfector of our faith.
The world would have people believe that to be a Christian means losing out, when in reality, they lose out on a truly lived life.
Being a sinner, saved by God's grace and mercy, means more as the basis of a lived life than anything anyone has ever achieved. When we really consider how all that is not done for Christ will be burned up and be thrown to the wind...what manner of man or woman of God ought we to be?
Jesus has defined what living life is about. Jesus has stated that there is a coming Judgment day. Jesus has made the only possible way to be saved from that judgment available to all.
Live your days in light of eternity viewed from God's perspective. Make your life count.
All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.