Are you ready for your Lord and Savior to return? Are you ready to meet your Lord and Savior face to face?
Are you resisting the gift of grace through Jesus? Are you rejecting Him as your Lord and Savior?
When Jesus returns, will you be in a position to receive Him with joy and excitement? When Jesus returns, will you be in a position to receive Him with fear and trembling?
Are you kneeling before the throne of grace or mercy seat? Are you kneeling before the judgment seat? Take notice kneeling is common, but the heart of the matter will be very different!
We are all faced with making a choice and that decision will determine our final destination!
Will you face the judgment seat that will be cleansing sin? Will you face the mercy seat that will determine rewards?
Are you too proud to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior, to acknowledge and confess your sins and about to face the judgment seat?
Are you humble enough to confess your sins and submit them to Jesus and choose Him to be your Lord and Savior positioning yourself for the mercy seat?
We will all have to give an account for ourselves. Jesus is the way to salvation. The final destination will be based upon our decision to receive, accept, and follow Jesus or not.
So are you ready for Jesus’ return? Every year since I have started my blog, when I get to the Book of Revelation, it feels like the time is getting closer and closer. So let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s not be caught by surprise.
The Name of the Lord
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:
‘for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !’ ”’Matthew 23:39
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Could you have been a witness and still turned away?
- Could you have been a witness to the truth and the debates and still forgotten?
- Could you have been a witness to the miracles and still missed the point?
- Jesus came the first time to save people! John 3 tells us: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”’ John 3:16-21
- Jesus carried the weight of the rejection, the stubbornness, and the hard hearts of the people which caused Him to sweat drops of blood. Looking up such a think we see how hematidrosis seems to be caused by extreme distress or fear, such as facing death, torture, or severe ongoing abuse.
- Jesus cried out in sadness that people would or could miss out on knowing and following Him.
- Jesus promised that He would come back.
- As we read in John 3 above, He first came with a warm heart and message of grace.
- We he returns, He will come as the powerful and avenging Judge!
- In Matthew 21:9 – we read about the triumphant entry:
- ‘Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord !’ Hosanna in the highest!”’
- Are you ready for the day when Jesus will rule the earth?
- We get to choose if we will acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior now and get to celebrate Him upon His return.
- We get to choose if we will reject Him as our Lord and Savior and get to deal with the judgment when He returns.
- What choice have you or will you make?
- What choice have your friends and family made?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
- How do you think Jesus felt when people rejected Him and His message that last week?
- Are you celebrating Him as Savior, or are you waiting for Him as the Judge? Explain your answer.
QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
“Who can deny that Jesus of Nazareth, the incarnate Son of the Most High God, is the Eternal Glory of the Jewish race?”— Benjamin Disraeli
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
So might today be your day to decide? Will today be the day you choose? Let’s pray:
Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?
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