You Can't Judge the World for Eternity
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You Can't Judge the World for Eternity

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Jesus is the judge of everyone. Your eternity rests in His hands. Although we may want to cast ultimate judgement here and now, it’s actually His job. 

   

So welcome to part four of our series three ways you can't follow Jesus, a series all about how unique Jesus is. There's just some things that he did that we just can't do, and that's why we worship him, that's why we glorify him, that's why we point people to him. And there was something really unique and really interesting that Jesus did at the very beginning of his ministry here on Earth, and we can read about that in Luke Chapter Four. And this is what Jesus did. It's pretty amazing. It says when he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the scriptures. That's pretty normal. The scroll of Isaiah, the Prophet, was handed to him. Again, pretty normal. Like this happened all the time. This was a usual thing for Jesus. It was a usual thing for those in the Hebrew time to go to their synagogue. It's like church, right, you read the Bible. That's what Jesus did. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written. So I imagine right, he received the scroll and I just I just picture him like toying with it, you know, like scrolling through it and just waiting and waiting and waiting, and it's like I'm trying to find the exact thing I want to say in front of everybody, and he's just working on it. And then he found it and this is what he found. And Isaiah Sixty one. He said, the spirit of the Lord is upon me. This is Jesus reading in front of the synagogue crown. He has annointing me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captains will be released, at the blind will see and that the oppressed will be set free and at the time of the Lord's favor has come. Then he rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant and sat down and all the eyes of the synagogue looked at him intently and I bet they were probably like what just happened? Then, thankfully, he began to speak to them and he said the scripture that you've just heard has been fulfilled this very day. Like Mike Drop, it would be like I prepared all week for this sermon and I just, you know, got my Bible and I came up in front of you and I just took a minute to like try and find what am I going to say? You know what, what? What is there? And then I come to this part and I say, Oh, this one sounds good. Okay, Kevin, so love the world, that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in me should not perish but have everlasting life, and close my Bible and sit down. And you all should say no, you can't do that, you can't make the Bible about you. You can't make God about you, like, who do you think you are? At least that's what your response should have been. But that's exactly what Jesus did. He took his Bible, he found the exact spot that he wanted to read and he read it and he said this right here, that's talking about me and it's happening right now. And so either Jesus was a liar, like he knew this wasn't true about him, but yet he still went along with it anyway, in which case, just think about all the hundreds of thousands, hundreds of millions, maybe billions, of people that Jesus has deceived over the years. We think of Jesus as a good guy. If he was a liar, he probably be the one of the worst guys ever. or Jesus was a lunatic, like he actually believed the things that he was reading about himself, although they weren't true. And in that case many, many people, billions of people, are following a guy who was insane.

...or or was Jesus exactly who he said he was, Lord of all? and Jesus said that it was on that truth, on that proclamation, that he was going to build his church, and that's the the truth that we're building this church, connect US church, on that Jesus is Lord of all, and it's the the truth that I encourage you to build your life on the solid rock, the solid foundation of Jesus being who he said he was, that he is Lord, that he is God, that he is savior and that he is that for you. And no matter what life throws at you, that solid rock will stand. It's not going anywhere. But so many people, so many people, that don't have that solid foundation, that rock of Jesus as Lord had savior in their life. They still like Jesus, like they want Jesus to be on their side. You know, they've got these ideas, they've got these mission and it's like, well, Jesus, like we want him to be with us. He's he would be for this too. And how could you not want Jesus on your side? I mean, just just look at the words that he came to do. He said that he was anointed to bring good news to the poor. He has sent to proclaim captains would be released, that the blind would see and that the oppressed would be set free, like taking care of the poor, healing the sick and the blind, setting the oppressed free, like, how could you not love this guy? How could you not love this aspect of Jesus? And it was this aspect of Jesus that we looked about at last week in part three of our series, that Jesus were many incredible miracles, like he healed people, he controlled nature, he made money appear, he cast out demons, and you would think that if somebody could do this today in our world, that we would find them. And then I just picture that we would find this person, we would bring them to the White House, then we would bubble wrap them and then there would be an organized effort to bring the entire population of people in front of this person in order to use his skills and abilities and to change the world. That's what I would imagine. But the exact opposite thing happened to Jesus. Like, they didn't embrace him and love them and use them. They hated them. They hated him for doing these things, especially the religious people. They really hated them. And you think about why would that be? Well, because the people that were sick, the people that he was healing, well, those people were outcast from society, they were not a part of the religious system, they were considered unclean, and it was to those people that Jesus went and he touched people that nobody else touched and he showed up in people's lives that nobody else showed up in and he actually cared about them and he brought the Kingdom of God odd to people that thought, or that the culture thought, that God had already judged them, God had already condemned them to this life outside of the system, outside of society, and Jesus brought that into their situation, did a miracle change their entire life and brought them right back into that right relationship with God. And so you would understand right, while the religious leaders would not like that, very much here. One man, one...

...man, was turning their entire religious system upside down, one man was turning their entire culture inside out, and this hatred of Jesus led to his death. They killed him for it and even in his death he was in complete control and he died so that others could live. And we looked at that that we just can't die to save others. But that's what Jesus did. He died to save others, but he didn't just stay dead. He was buried and he rose again the third day and conquered sin and conquered death. And now I don't want us, as we enter into this Easter season as a church, this is this is like behind the scene stuff here, right as a church, when we talk about and think about the resurrection, like let's thus not like Oh, Jesus resurrected, amen, right, like when we hear that, when we preach it, when we talk about it, when we hear it, when we sing it, like let's get a little excited, like let's Tay Yeah, let's make some noise, let's raise the roof, let's do something that shows your excitement, because we're talking about a man, a God man, who died and he came back to life. That is something to get excited about. It something to make a little noise about, it's something to do, and so I pray that we would never that we all in our church all would never get familiar with the resurrection like it is an incredible miracle that changes our life. And so that's what we're going to celebrate in a couple weeks, and so I hope we celebrate it and bring someone along to celebrate it with you. And so Jesus live this incredible life doing miracles and he died a death to pay the penalty for Ourson and my sin. Then he rose from the dead. Then he rose from the dead. There we go. And what's he doing right now? If he is alive, he's no longer dead. Than what is he doing right now? And what is he going to be doing in the future? Well, that is a whole sermon series in and of itself, but we're going to look at one aspect of that today and we're going to look at this part of it that Jesus is going to judge the world for eternity and we just can't do that. We can't. You can't judge the world for eternity. And now you're like, how did we get here? When Jesus heals people, he doesn't bring judgment on them. Didn't Jesus himself say that he didn't come to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him? And didn't he say that he was coming to set the oppressed free, not condemned people to live in a place forever separated from God for eternity? Like didn't Jesus say that? Well, you would be right, like we just looked at those verses in Luke. But let me remind you that Jesus was reading from Isaiah Sixty one and he took the scroll and he read the spirit of the Sommign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has annointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim the broken hearted and to proclaim that captains will be released and prisoners will be free. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favor has come. And he put it down, and he put down the scroll. And there's a comma there, like he stopped reading mid sentence. Like who do you think you are, Jesus? You're taking the Bible out of context. Don't you know how to read Your Bible? And...

...you got to read the whole thing. You got to read the whole sentence. Jesus, you can't do that. Of course Jesus knew what he was doing. But what is the part after the Comma? What didn't Jesus read? That reads, and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies, or is the King James Versions puts it, the day of the vengeance of our God? See, there was a very specific purpose for Jesus is first coming. He did exactly what Isaiah Sixty one and many other prophecies all throughout the Old Testament prophesied that this was what Jesus was going to do. But he's not done yet. He's alive, he's risen and he's coming back. His work is not finished. There's more to be done. And the second time he comes he has a slightly different purpose and we read about some of this purpose in some other verses and Isaiah Sixty one like this one. Isaiah Sixty one, verse eight, for I the Lord Love Justice, to which everyone cheers justice, and then he says I hate and then you start to wonder God hates I thought I thought God loves robbery and wrongdoing, and it's like okay, like I see how you could hate those things. But then you start to think, well, I've stolen something before and and I've done some wrong things before. And then you ask the question, well, if God hates those things, this God hate me? And then the verse continues. I will faithfully reward by people for their suffering. Now, how do you reward somebody for their suffering? I think part of that reward is that the people that caused the suffering get what they deserve. Don't you think they got to get what they deserve? Now how about another verse and Isaiah Sixty One, verse eleven, the sovereign Lord, the one who's in control of all things. He will show his justice to the nation's and everyone will praise him. So everyone will praise Jesus for the justice that he brings to this world, like when he brings punishment on the nations for what they've done, the wrong that they've done, everyone will praise God. And so you think really like praise God for the punishment of wrongdoers. You know, this is a reason why many people love Jesus. They say Yay Jesus, and then they basically throw away everything in the Old Testament, because what do you do with verses like that? And you know what, if you want to do that, then you you got to throw away a lot of the gospels too, and you got to throw away a lot of what Jesus said. But here's just a couple verses. I know we're going through a lot here, but here's just a couple verses of what Jesus said about judgment. He says don't be surprised. Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God's son and they will rise again, and those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment. In Matthew Twenty Five, he tells the parable of the sheep and the goats and he says then the king will turn to those on the left and say away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons, the eternal fire. Matthew five twenty two. You have heard that our ancestors were told you must not murder if you commit murder, you are subject to judgment, to which I say, I've never murdered anybody, so you oh good, I can escape judgment. But then you keep reading...

...right, because that's how you read the Bible. And then I says but I say, Oh, this is Jesus. If you are even angry with somebody, you are subject to judgment. It's like Jesus like. I thought I was good, and Jesus like now it doesn't work that way. Even your anger inside can bring about judgment. So if you call somebody an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court, and if you somebody, you are in danger of what? The fires of Hell? That's Jesus talking. Jesus talks a lot about hell. He talks a lot about the punishment that is to come. He is going to be the judge and the inflictor of said punishment. There's even a verse, and I didn't even put it on the screen, where Jesus is in this town. The town is called Copernhum, and these people didn't believe in Jesus. They didn't receive him, they didn't receive welcome him, and Jesus said that it would be better for the town of Sodom, then it would be for Copernum. Now, what happened to Sodom? Fire came down from heaven and destroyed them. and Jesus, Jesus said that it would be better for Sodom than it would be for the town, the people in Copernum. Like that's that's harsh. But speaking speaking of fire from heaven, did you know that the disciples, the followers of Jesus, tried to call down fire and destroy the Samaritans? Let me show it to you in Luke chapter nine. Luke Chapter Nine, this is what happens. This is this is crazy. As the time drew near for him to send to heaven. So the end of Jesus time here on her jess it resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He was going to go to the cross. He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. And so usually the Jews would go around the area of Samaria. They did not go through that area, but Jesus he sometimes went through it. And here Jesus said, I'm going to go right through this region. And the people of this village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. He was on his way to celebrate the Passover and the Samaritan people did not think that the Jewish religion was right. They had their own mountain where they worship God and if any Jew wanted to come through there, they just were going to make it as hard as possible for them. I mean they were related, like they had a long history of being related, but the Samaritan people had intermarried and they'd accepted other practices into their Jewish traditions and so like they were just different than the Jews were. They worship differently, the worship in the different place, they had all these different things and it become a very racial Lee charged thing and also a religious hatred thing. And so they'd made it as impossible as they could for Jesus. And so when James and John saw this, that the Samaritans had not welcomed them, they said to Jesus, Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up? So let's pause here for a second because I think that we respond this way a lot of times and we might not physically or literally call down fire from heaven on people, but what do we do when somebody does something or treat us a certain way. We cast judgment so quickly, like not just little judgment, like like fire from heaven judgment,...

...big judgment. And you know who might be the worst? That this Christians and religious people who sometimes the church, because we've looked at people and we've said, I can't believe they're doing that, I can't believe they would talk like that, I can't believe that they would look like that and dressed like that. I can't believe that they would do that. And we've blocked them from our lives. We blocked them from our our churches, we blocked them from our are caring and our loving we've just canceled them. And I think there was a part of James and John in their calling down fire from heaven that they felt that they had a reason to be angry, a reason to cast this judgment. I mean, they're standing up for Jesus, they're standing up for their Lord, they're standing up for their God. Like these people were disrespecting him, these people weren't welcoming him and they were like, we need to do something about that. And you know what, they also knew their Bible and they probably knew about a verse or a situation that's recorded in the Old Testament. It's actually recorded in second kings chapter one, where the Prophet Elijah is sitting in this area of Sumaria and the king at the time he sent fifty people to go get Elijah, you know, capture him, to kill him, and Elijah is sitting there and he calls fire from heaven and Burns up the fifty people. Like they, the disciples, probably knew that story in the Bible and so Elijah did it. Why can't we do it? Elijah had a reason too. Why can't we do it right? Elijah did it for fifty people. They send fifty more people, Elijah burn them up to the king then send fifty more people. You Co check out a second current or second kings chapter one, and the third group of fifty people. When they approached this fire, I don't know, spending guy, they just approached it was such like fear and humility and like why, what other way would you approach someone like that? I don't know, but it's a crazy story. But anyway, there was biblical precedent, there was scriptural basis for how the disciples responded and said this and so often I think that we too think that we are right and justified in when we judge people in these types of ways. And you know what, it does get me fired up when I hear people disrespecting God, when I hear people talking or saying things and it's like they don't even care about God, like the things that they're saying about Jesus just aren't true, the things that's just it's just horrible and there's something inside of me that just wants to wants to get out at them and and there's something inside of me that wants to just reach out and say to them like look, like this is important and you need to figure this out, because if you don't, you're going to end up in a place separated from God, forever judgment. But what about like just the everyday kind of culture that we live in, the the cancel culture of our time right now? I mean, if you say something that isn't the popular opinion of the day, it's like you're gone, you got no more platform, you got no more job, you got no more friends, you got no more position, you got no more influence. You write something in a book that the popular thing doesn't agree with, your book gets pulled off the shelf, you lose your job, companies are boycotted. If you just disagree with what the general consensus supposedly is, then you're done, it's over. Oh, you worked with that guy, oh you can't work here. Judgment and...

...how about how about social media? And you have the ability in the palm of your hand to judge anybody and really everybody, and for the first time ever in the history of the world, you know exactly who you disagree with and you can send them an email and let them know just how wrong they are, and you could like click their name on twitter and send them a message and just tell them how wrong they are, that you disagree with them. And you can literally post anything you want, you could type anything you want for the world to hear and the world to see. It's pretty crazy if you think about it, and so we wonder why, why are people so scared, so anxious? Like imagine, and many students, if you're a student watching this, you know exactly what this is like. You Walk into school one day and every single other person at that school could be looking at you with this like judgmental look on their face and you're just walking in. You know it's every normal every day. But everyone, everyone is looking at you like like they know something about you, and that's because they do. Like somebody could have took a video of them, took a picture of them, written something about them and literally texted every single person in that school, so that the day that the student walks in, everybody knows about that wrong choice. Everybody knows about that embarrassing situation. Everyone knows about that almost all the way. True thing, but probably not. You know, thing that is just judge, coping, know, causing judgment to happen on the student. And this type of stuff happens not just in school but in work places as well. And in the moment, everybody could know something about you, about the situation, and it's immediate judgment. And I realize, and it's pretty crazy to think about this, but you could do that to me, like you could take a picture of me. You. I probably given you enough fodder. You could make up some stuff. You could post it on your wherever you post all this is pastor Kevin and this is what he said and this is how horrible is and this is the stuff that he's done and this is all that you could try and cancel me. You could try and it might work. I am I don't know, but we all have this power, like literally in the palm of our hand, to cast judgment, to cancel people or to be on the receiving end of that judgment. So what if, what if we stopped and before we sent that text or we sent that email or we posted for the whole world to view, what if we stopped and we asked Jesus, How should we respond? Thankfully, this is what the disciples did. They asked them, Jesus, should we call down fire from Heaven and burn these people up? and Jesus said No. Jesus said no, and I imagine, like one of the reasons why Jesus said no was he was probably telling them why exactly do you want to...

...burn them up? Like, what's really inside of your hearts? What's your real reason? Like, yeah, sure, you might want to stand up for me, and I appreciate that, but like, are you just asking this because you don't really like them very much or they're not like you and so that's why you want to do it? But this is what Jesus said. He said he rebuked them, he said no and they went to another village Jesus told them no and they found somewhere else to sleep. Like destruction wasn't the purpose of Jesus's first coming, and it's also not our job to bring that degree, that ultimate judgment upon people like that is God's job. It's not our job to call down fire from heaven. That's God's job, because God is our judge. He is the judge of the world for eternity, and we get ourselves in trouble when we try to cast that type of judgment. It is God's job, and that's why we can say that we can't judge the world for eternity, but that doesn't mean we don't judge. We got to hold each other accountable. In Matthew, Chapter Seven, Jesus talked about how we're not supposed to judge people because that in that same way we will we will be judged. And what he's saying is is like, if we judge by the degree at which we judge like that's how other people are going to judge just as well. So we have to have a correct understanding of the situation. We have to judge and love and humility. We understand it this way, like we have to help each other live the lives that we want to live. So meaning like if you are a Jesus follower, if you call yourself a Jesus follower, then like again, we're making judgments all the time. It's like, okay, so now we have the responsibility to help that person, others, to live like a Jesus father follower, to grow in their faith, to follow God. And sometimes that means saying like Oh, like, what you're doing is not exactly right, like let's fix that and let's get back on track, like that's that's part of it. But if someone isn't a Jesus follower, like that's not who they are. And if that's you this morning and you're not exactly sure, like you are so, so welcome here, like it's not a Christians job to tell somebody who's not a believer, who not a follower Jesus, like look, you shouldn't be living that way. You shouldn't be you should be following Jesus's rules. It's like why, I didn't even sign up for that, like I don't want to do that. Right. So it's the type of judgment that has given that makes all the difference. Like we can't be making ultimate judgments about people. We make judgment calls all the time and we want to judge rightly. We want to understand the situation as best as we possibly can because we want to help people get on the right side of the the ultimate judgment from the big guy, the big judge, and see if Jesus is the judge. I want him to be on my side, I want him to be on my family side, I want him to be on my friend's side, I want to him to be on the side of every single person in our community, because everybody is going to be judged by Jesus and I want to do my part in helping them get to that place where they can stand before Jesus and be judged as righteous as not guilty, and be with him forever. And so that's coming. One day. Everyone is going to be judged. Jesus is going to judge the world and I want to...

...read some verses about that and how the Bible ends, how the time before eternity we can know the end. That's in our bibles, revelation chapter. Well, I think I got the chapter wrong. Maybe it's nineteen, but I have twenty one up there. That's right. Revelation nineteen. Then I saw heaven opened and a white horse was standing there. It's rider was named faithful and true, for he judges fairly in wages a righteous war. His eyes were like flames of fire and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood, accept himself. He wore a robe dipt in blood and his title was the word of God. And the armies of heaven dressed in their finest of pure white and followed him on white horses. That's believers in Jesus, with Jesus in this judgment. And from his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nation's he will rule them with a rod of iron and he will release the fierce wrath of God the Almighty like a Jewe flowing from a wine pressed. And on his robe, at his thigh, was written this title King of kings and Lord of Lords. And then I saw an angel standing in the Sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky come gathered together for the great banquet God has prepared. Come and eat the flash of kings, of generals, of strong warriors, of horses and their riders, and all the humanity, both free and slaves, small and great, and then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured and with him the false prophet and who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beasts, miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped the statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown in alive, into the fiery lake a burning sulfur, and then their entire army was killed by what, the sharp sword that came from the mouth of who? The one riding the white horse, the caught, the vultures all gorge themselves on the dead bodies. That's Jesus. And now you say that is a pretty gruesome picture, sure, of Jesus. And you might say I don't really like that picture of Jesus, to which I totally understand, but I want to say that I think you need we need that picture of Jesus. We need this, not just because that's who he is. That's not just because of what the Bible says about him, but we also need God's wrath. See, evil can't be overlooked. Like, just think about all the bad, terrible, evil things that you've experienced in your life, like you want payback for those things, don't you? Like they need to get what they deserve, and you feel that inside of you and you believe that to some degree. So now multiply that times a hundred for all of the abuse that people receive and all of the horrible things that people do with kids every day. Like there's so much evil stuff happening in this world, and many people have experienced that. Many of you have experienced it. And so then you're telling me that you just want to tell somebody that's been through all this horrible evil, like you know what, like what they did to you, it doesn't matter. God loves them like like you can. You can't leave it there, because what they did deserves payback. They deserve something for that, like they got to pay for that. And you know what they do, and either Jesus paid for it on the cross or they're going to pay for...

...it one day. And then then multiply all of that by like thousands, and this is the evil that so many people experience all around the world every single day and all throughout history. Like, I don't know about you, but my town has never been completely destroyed by a foreign invading army and they haven't come in and taken my the women and the children and done horrible things with them. But so many people have experienced that throughout the course of history. And it's into that world where like all this like stuff that we don't even can't even comprehend. That Jesus says to those that want to follow him. He says, Love Your Enemies, pray for them, and this is the worst one of them all, forgive them. It's like Jesus, like how do I frick? Like someone has to pay for what they did, like you can't just walk in here and wipe out my entire city and think like you're going to get away with that, like that's wrong. We Luckily, God says. This is what Paul writes in Romans Nineteen. Dear friends, never take revenge right, never pay someone back. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. Ours is hardly ever righteous, for the scriptures say I will take revenge, I will pay them back, says the Lord. See, the only way of this quote the only way to look past our deepest hurts and betrayals is to rest assured that every sin against us has been paid for on the Cross and or will be punished in hell. We don't have to seek vigilante justice because God will be our just judge, God will be your judge, God will be my judge, and it will be taken care of. So, as we close today, I want to give you a one more picture of that judgment. I know we've read a lot of Bible today, but I hope it's been good. Like I'm just not making this stuff up right, I'm sharing from from the word, like it's important. It's what is true. Is What true about you, it's what's true about me, it's what's true about our friends and our community. And like one day we're all going to face this stuff. It's our forever and I think it's important. So to make this a little, you know, little extra special, would you stand with me as I read some of these verses and share with you some months. This is a revelation. Chapter Twenty says this. This is a picture of your judgment for our my judgment for eternity, and I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and the sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God's throne and the books were opened, including the book of life, and the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The Sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead, and all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire, and this lake of fire is the second death, and anyone whose name was not found recorded in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. And then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth that disappeared in the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bridee beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud shout from...

...the throne saying look, God's home is now among his people. He will live with them and they will be his people. God himself will be with them, he will wipe every tear from their eyes and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, and all of these things are gone forever. And the one sitting on the throne said, look, I am making everything new. And then he said to me, write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true. He also said it is finished. I am the outfit and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To all who are thirsty, I will give freely from the springs of water of life, and all who are victorious will inherit all of these blessings. I will be their God and they will be my children. And I want that for me and I want that for you, and I think there's something inside of all of that, of us that we want that for our community, we want that for our friends like we want to be there, we want to be in that place. We want to war with there is no death, there is no crying, there is no pain. We want to be with God, we want to be with heaven, we want to be with all of that. And then we read this verse. But the cowards, the unbelievers, the corrupt, the murderers, the immoral and those who practice witchcraft. I don't worshippers and all liars, their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur, and this is the second death. And I look at that and I say my sins are on that list. Like I'm a I'm a coward. Sometimes, I'm not the most courageous all the time I'm a unbeliever and different times. We talked about that last week. There's things I do and that I do in my own strength. I don't always rely on him, corrupt sure, and don't always do. I haven't always done things exactly a hundred percent right. Murderer, I haven't done that one yet, but Jesus reminded US right there's more to it than just the act of murder. The immoral, sexual otherwise impurity stuff. Those who practice witchcraft mean, I don't know, books, movies, stuff like them, idol worshippers, anything that goes above God in my life takes most first importance. Yeah, and if you just in case, you didn't see your sin on that list, and I just saw mine this throwing. There all liars. Okay, so if that doesn't apply to you, then you're a liar. And it does. So their fate is in the fiery lake of the burning sult for this is the second death. What do you do about that? My Sin, your sin, might be on that list, but I know that my sin is on the cross. It was canceled on the Cross so that when God, the father, looks at me, those words don't even come to mind. He sees Jesus, he sees perfection, he sees son, he sees daughter of the King, he sees righteousness and chlory, he sees Jesus, and it's all because of him. It's nothing that we can do. And so who does God see when he looks at you? Maybe today, in this moment, you need to nail down where you stand with God for all eternity, because he's going to judge. That's we...

...just looked at that and unless something changes, unless Jesus is the one that is seen for you, you you won't make the cut. You need Jesus, and so just just do it, I mean just pray something like Jesus. I need you. I know my sin deserves punishment and you took it for me. I trust in you save me, forgive me and help me to live for you. Amen. Hey, let's give God a hand. Let's give everyone a hand, for those that are turning to God those that are put in their faith in Jesus. It is a big, big deal and it's import.

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