Thursday, February 27, 2014
Here come da Judge!
When the perfect comes, Paul tells us, the imperfect will pass away. All creation is groaning in expectation and anticipation of the Redeemer coming to make all things new. God is going to cleanse the earth with fire and like when the flood passed, a new, scoured clean world will emerge but unlike after the flood, it will be a paradise. Eden will realized.
You will not want to miss this! Everything you ever thought was wrong with the world, everything you've always known in your bones was missing from the world will be righted and restored! Perfect harmony in nature, all things worshiping their Creator as they were meant to. God with us! Holiness throughout. No thorns, no stinkbugs, no viruses, no gameshows. Perfection! Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, i tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able to, when once the master of the house has gotten up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door saying, "Lord, open the door for us!" And he will answer and say to you, "I do not know where you are from!" Then you will begin to say, "We ate and drank in your presence, (of course you did, God is everywhere, and as you did to the least of these, you did to him) and you taught in our streets!" (Of course He did, this gospel will be preached to all the world and then the end will come. But you never treated him as Lord, did you?) And he will reply, saying to you, "I do not know where you are from! Go away from me, all you evildoers!" In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth..." Yeah, i reckon so! Ask the folk who didn't get on the ark. Ask the people who didn't listen to Lot's warning. Ask the Pharaoh who gave Charleton Heston the snub.
But it's not just a warning of judgment! It's an invitation to paradise! Lest we forget! So fall prostrate before him, start declaring the kingdom now in word and deed and then warm up those high fives cuz the day is coming! Make his paths straight! The King is coming! The judge is coming! Come Lord Jesus, Come!