"For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." Acts 17:31
As presented on *The Lutheran Hour® by the Rev. Wallace Schulz, 1990
The Christian church all over the world is preparing to celebrate the historic occasion of the birth of the Savior from sin. But, throughout history, the Christian church has always reminded one another that the blessed Savior's first coming is a solemn reminder that the Lord Jesus Christ is going to return the second time to judge the world. The date for that event has already been established, and we are rapidly moving toward that day.
As you and your family think about Christmas and the fun-filled celebrations, the gifts, and the family get-togethers, it also is the Lord's will that you re-examine your life.
So let me ask you a question that is quite personal: If Jesus Christ returned this Christmas season to judge you and the entire world, would you welcome Him with great joy and expectation, or would Christmas 1990 become for you a time of shame and even fright? Might it be that this anxiety and fright, at least for the most part, would be a result of your having been living your life pretty much apart from God?
My friend, but for the grace of God, you and I would have no choice but to be condemned to the fires of everlasting hell, forever and forever. However, God has not destined you for wrath. God's desire is that you obtain salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, when the great Day of Judgment comes, you will not need to tremble in fear. But, instead, with a conscience cleansed by the blood of Christ your heart shall be filled with joy.
Jesus, prepare me to celebrate judgment day and not to fear it. Amen.
Taken from A Message of Hope: Proclaiming the Promise (selections from messages broadcast on *The Lutheran Hour, celebrating 75 years of proclaiming the promise).
Copyright © 2005 by Lutheran Hour Ministries
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