Jesus Christ said, ” And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5)
God wins every day in a most terrifying way. The leaders and laws of the land may be promoting more evil. It may seem like evil is winning. Our nation is killing more babies. Sexual chaos and divorce are running rampant. But those who love evil lose every day, and those who love God win every single day.
All around the world people die every day, and every day God sorts them out. About 150,000 to 200,000 people die on an average day. All around the world people die, and for them, today is the day they stand before God to be judged.
REWARD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE JESUS
For those that love God and love His Son Jesus Christ, it is a wonderful day of judgment. Everything they have done to offend God was judged on the cross 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ stepped between them and their punishment and took their place. All the wrath of God’s justice and righteousness was carried out against Jesus on the cross. Jesus took their death sentence and died in their place. All their sin was taken care of. So, they stand before God forgiven. So, when they die their life is reviewed for reward. The records are opened and everything they have done is reviewed to make sure they get rewarded for everything they did that pleased God.
Jesus said, “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” (Mark 9:41, see also Matthew 6:1-4)
Because they lived a life loving God and thanking Jesus for what He did, they are given mercy and grace. They are rewarded for standing for truth under temptation. They are rewarded for trusting God in hard times. Because they cared about identifying with God’s kingdom and God’s authority to set the standards of right and wrong (Matthew 6:33), they are rewarded with crowns, eternal life, a mansion and being forever with God.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
WRATH FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT LOVE JESUS
Unfortunately, for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their LORD, ruler and savior from sin, their judgment is a judgment of wrath. They rejected God’s offer to turn from their sinful ways, repent and be forgiven. The blood of Jesus Christ does not protect them from God’s wrath. Instead, the fact that they rejected bowing to Jesus as ruler, king and savior makes God very angry. God loves His only Son Jesus Christ, and those who don’t love Jesus are not welcome in heaven.
When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe. (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)
God offered forgiveness through Jesus Christ and they rejected it. They wanted freedom from God. They did not want the Holy Spirit reminding them that what they were doing was evil. They did not honor the One True God who made heaven, earth and every living creature. Now their request is granted and they are thrown into the lake of fire, far away from God’s mercy.
Jesus warned about the seriousness of hell … “And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire— 48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:47-48)
Hell is a horrible place. Jesus described it as a place where people are constantly burned. The stomach worms don’t die and there is intense torment. People are blinded and grope around in darkness. There is gnashing of teeth.
Gnashing of teeth is what people do when they accidentally drive their brand new car into a brick wall and ruin the nice paint job. They gnash their teeth and say, “OH! Why did I do that? I can’t believe I did that. How could I have done that?” That is gnashing of teeth.
As people grope around in burning darkness, they gnash their teeth, because they know they have rejected the one thing that could have saved them. They rejected Jesus Christ and His kingdom of righteousness. They joined Satan in his rebellion against God. They died as a citizen of the wrong kingdom. God offered them forgiveness and they didn’t repent before their death. Once they died, it was too late to repent.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)
Jesus said, ” Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. 9 But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)
Even though God’s Kingdom of Righteousness wins every day, we do not gloat over those who lose, because of the terrible, unending destruction that they receive. Knowing how horrible hell is, we don’t even want our enemies to go there. We want to warn them, so they don’t stay an enemy of God. We want to be God’s tool to tell them about Jesus who can save them from the fire of hell. We want them to change sides and join God’s Kingdom of Righteousness, Mercy and Grace. We pray that their eyes would be opened to see how great and awesome God is. We share God’s love, hope and mercy.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And on some have compassion, making a distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even their clothes that are stained by their sin. (Jude 1:21-23)
God’s kingdom wins every day … in a most terrifying way.