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Judgment day. The end of the world as we know it…
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, he will sit upon His glorious throne,
and all the nations will be assembled before Him. And He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” Matthew 25:31-32
As Christians, this is what we believe. And probably for most us, it’s terrifying. No one wants to be judged, especially when you consider the stakes. It’s not just points on your driver’s license — it’s Heaven or Hell.
For a lot of us, the first reaction is: “Well, I’m not a bad person, so...hopefully I’d be sent to Heaven.” And for some of us, there’s this thought that “If I get sent to Hell, that’d be wrong. I’d be wrongfully condemned.”
Wrongfully condemning an innocent man is a reality in our country and the world at large. But, this is impossible when it comes to our Final Judgment.
Let’s consider this: If Jesus Christ is who He says He is — who we believe He is — then He is the perfect judge. He judges perfectly. He has all the facts. He has all the evidence. There’s no mistake. There’s no wrongfully condemned.
And, when that’s the case, Christ doesn’t condemn us, we condemn ourselves. Heaven or Hell rests on us. If we go to Hell, it’s because we choose it, in one way or another.
How do we want to appear on that Last Day? How does that affect our decisions today?
Let that simmer. If that’s too much to handle right now, just take a step back and really consider if we believe in Heaven and Hell.