The Messiah’s Fearful Judgment

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In Matthew 24, Jesus predicted His return in power and great glory. Then He emphasized the importance of being ready given the fact that no one knows the day or the hour of His return. But the importance of being ready takes on even greater significance as Jesus talks about the worldwide judgment that will follow His return. The expectation of judgment isn’t a popular thing to talk about in a culture that values self-esteem and self-care as ultimate ends. But the reality of this judgment, fearful though it may be, cannot and must not be denied. In that day, Jesus will judge everyone based on their works (Mt 25:35-46; cf. Mt 16:27; Rm 2:6; 2 Cor 5:10). His judgment is always fair and always thorough, for He sees every big sin we do and every little righteousness we neglect and everything in between. This consideration might well produce fear. The Scripture’s description of the judgment is often such that might put even the boldest on edge. However, our minds must not dwell long on this fear for behind that judgment is a gracious salvation. Those who enter into everlasting life aren’t the ones who did everything right; it’s those who have been blessed by God the Father and will inherit the kingdom. They are surprised to hear that they have good works attached to their names. The judgment is fearful only when we have to stand there on our own, but we don’t have to. The King Himself will stand with us. He gives to us His own worthiness, and when we take refuge in Him, He protects us from Himself. Only on that basis, and that alone, will anyone ever enter into everlasting life. This is the best preparation we can make for the coming of the King, to trust Him and take refuge in Him so we may not fear on the day He appears as judge. – Pastor Rory Martin

Sunday at Liberty

9AM: Pastor Rory–Submission to Government, 1

10AM: Pastor Rory–Matthew 25:31-46The Messiah’s Fearful Judgment (sermon notes)

6PM:  Members’ Meeting

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