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Here Comes the Judge!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

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“The more loftily we see Christ enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards Him.” – C. H. Spurgeon

A few weeks ago, I visited a local start-up church to encourage the pastor, a dear friend of mine. I really enjoyed the simplicity of the service, which featured a hymn sandwiched between two choruses and then 45-minutes of good, solid Bible teaching. Few announcements, no passing the plate, and no standing for 20-minutes without a break. Just meaningful worship and inspired preaching.

After the service, I told the pastor that I had taken more notes from his sermon than I had in the past six months. Yes, he was that spot-on! Even now, two weeks later, I can still recall his four-point message and it continues to minister to my spirit.

As my friend taught on the church at Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7-13, he backtracked for a minute to describe the Lord Jesus in His glorified state from Revelation 1:12-17. Here are just a few of the descriptive phrases John uses to paint a picture of the glorified Christ…

• His head and hair are white as wool and snow
• His eyes resemble a flame of fire
• His feet are like fine brass
• His voice sounds like rushing water

I invite you to read the entire passage to get a full description of the resurrected Jesus. And then, like John, I invite you to fall at His feet as if dead. Truth be told, Jesus is no longer a lowly babe in a manger, a humble carpenter, or an itinerant rabbi. On the contrary, He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He is coming back soon to rule and to reign with a rod of iron.

All of us, saved and unsaved alike, will stand – make that kneel (Philippians 2:10) – before Him as our Judge. Those declared righteous by their faith in Jesus and covered with His blood will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ (see Romans 14:10). Those who rejected His sin payment on the cross will be condemned at the Great White Throne Judgment (see Rev. 20:11-15). In both cases, He will appear in all His glory.

As Spurgeon put it, He is lofty and we are lowly. Always remember that…

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple…” Isaiah 6:1 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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