Buyers Beware

Have you found yourself deep in thought, and then suddenly panicked about life after death? What will happen? Will I make it to heaven or wherever? Have you wondered why everyone is fascinated about the afterlife? Even those who say they have no faith!

 

That is because everyone except atheists and agnostics at least acknowledge that God is out there somewhere. Solomon knew it when he wrote, “He has put eternity into man’s heart, . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). If he exists, you would think he’d help us find him!

 

Well, he did. Fast forward in history from Solomon to the apostle John, who quoted Jesus, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17).

 

You’ve heard this called the good news; that Jesus is the way! Good news often derives from bad news. Jesus continued, Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God” (John 3:18).

 

If you can erase Jesus from history, you can ignore his admonition. That is why he is constantly attacked as being something less than he claims to be. Yet buyers beware! He cannot be scratched from our human record. When the day comes and we stand before the Lord in judgment, we have already condemned ourself if we’ve rejected him!

 

Let’s end on a positive note by rewinding history from John to the prophet Isaiah who predicted with certainty what was yet to come,

 

“But he was pierced for our transgressions;

he was crushed for our iniquities;

upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,

and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).

 

Healing is offered to all, and with it condemnation is bypassed!

 

-Jim

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