August 10, 2013
If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
The day is coming when we all will have to "face the music," when we will appear before Jesus, the most just of Judges. On that day, will we be ready?
You know, for many people, the thought of a universal judgment day, or even their very own, personal judgment day, is something they find to be most distasteful. It is something they wish to avoid at all cost.
I remember a parochial school teacher who had been challenging his eighth grade class to aim high and achieve something worthwhile with their lives. At the conclusion of his session, he asked, "Students, what would you like people to say about you a hundred years from now?"
He received any number of answers, all of them pretty good. But the one which has, for a number of reasons, stuck in my memory came from a girl who said, "Teacher, a hundred years from now, I'd like them to say, 'My goodness! Doesn't she look good for her age!'"
Odds are, with human mortality being close to 100 percent, it probably won't happen that way.
What will happen is this: the day will come when that girl, along with the rest of us, will appear before Jesus, the Judge. You can take collagen treatments; you can see the plastic surgeon; you can sweat to the oldies and struggle with Shaun T as he puts you through his INSANITY workout. Do what you will; the Day of Judgment will not be put off indefinitely.
On that day we will find there is only one thing that is needful: faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.
When we have been claimed by the Christ and our sins are washed away in His innocent blood, shed on the cross of Calvary, we will have everything we need. No longer will we be afraid; no longer will hell be our eternal and ultimate destination. Indeed, for believers Judgment Day will be a great and blessed family reunion with all those who, because of Jesus, aren't looking pretty good ... forgiven by Him, they will be perfect.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks for this day. May these 24 hours be a time during which I express my gratitude for the salvation my Savior has won. Because of faith in Him I know that even if this day were to be my last, I am forgiven, saved and ready for Judgment Day. In Jesus I give thanks. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries