Easter Sunday - Series: SAWDUST
Sunday, April 15th, 2018: "Deadlines” • Pastor David R. Stokes
Way back in 1789, a fellow by the name of Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Indeed.
Have you ever thought of the idea that God’s heavenly records include the date of your death? According to the scriptures, we have an “appointed” already scheduled—known only to God. For this reason, the wise person uses time, talents, and treasures in a discerning way. This passing vanishing vapor of life is brief.
Eternity is the real deal.
It was around before the universe, and it will continue on after the universe passes away. That’s Bible. There are three vital words in Hebrews 9:27: “but after this.” They remind us that death may be unavoidable, but that is not the end of our story. We’ll all stand before the Lord one day.
How will it go with you?
There are many judgments mentioned in the Bible, but two of them stand out for our notice. First, there is something called “The Great White Throne Judgment.” It’s described in the final book of the Bible: Revelation 20:11-14. This is moment when final sentence will be pronounced on all who have rejected Christ and lived wicked lives. Their fate is “the lake of fire,” which the Bible calls “the second death.”
Then there is something called “The Judgment Seat of Christ.” Unlike the previously mentioned forum, this is a judgment for Believers Only. The issue will not be life or death—or heaven or hell—but rather for us to give a full accounting of our service as Christians in this world.
How will that go with you?
- Which judgment will be my experience?
- How do I know?
- How can I prepare now for judgment to come?