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I don’t have a lot of strong encounters with the Lord. I don’t keep track, but they are relatively rare. In the Spring of this year, 2018, I experienced one. I’ve written about it in a March blog, Will the Lord Ask Christians, “What Did You Do When You Knew Judgment Was Coming?” The message given: Judgment is coming. It was so strong, I wept. The problem is, even though the word was given to me, I tend to forget it. I need to be reminded. It is probably safe to assume the same holds true for the reader. I believe I have an obligation to proclaim it as many times as are necessary.

Judgement coming means that justice is coming, too. The justice to come will be the ultimate judicial event in the history of the cosmos. Everyone who ever lived—including you—will be judged and receive justice.

If you are a believer in Jesus, your justice will come at the hands of Jesus Himself.

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Corinthians 5:9–10)1

This has become the prime motivator of my Christian life. I want to love Him with all my heart, soul, and strength and thus to please Him in what I do. I will give an account of my life to Him—not for sins, but for what I’ve done in Him, with Him, and for Him, to glorify Him. Let me be quick to add that I am amazingly inept at living the life I just wrote about.

But I keep trying, as I must, in His mercy and love.

Nevertheless, this is a passage you and I should think deeply about:

“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:12–15).

These are the words I want to hear:

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master’” (Matthew 25:21).

For those who do not believe in Jesus, however, there is another, never-to-be-wished-for fate:

“And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

Justice.

John the Baptist said of Jesus: “His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Luke 3:17).

Justice.

“The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 13:39b–43).

Justice.

The world mocks this idea of justice and the resulting eternal punishment. Many in the Church now deny it. But it will come, even if the whole world denies it.

We all want justice. Equal justice for everyone. People cry out against injustice, and I cry out with them. Evildoers should face a day of reckoning. Those who treat others unjustly because of their race or gender or status or wealth should face justice. Murderers, rapists, thieves, child molesters—justice cries out.

But we are all evildoers, just like the murderers and racists and rapists and thieves. Everyone is. Every. One. We are all guilty of denying, disobeying, and blaspheming the God who created us. We deserve punishment—not time in jail—eternal punishment—for shaking our fists in the face of the only one, true God who loves us.

Except there is Jesus. And this is where all can find forgiveness and relief. He, the Innocent One, was punished in your place—put to death, as you should be—except, after taking that punishment, He lived again, to be your lawyer, your advocate. Are you guilty? Yes. But no. No, because the Guiltless One took your guilt. You can be free. You can be not only forgiven, but one of His children, with an inheritance.

Come to Jesus. Come home to where love is.

Judgment is coming.

Justice is coming.

It is coming for you, and you cannot hide.

 

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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