Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, life, and restoration to God is, hands down, the best news ever! And there are so very many other positive reasons for believing in Jesus Christ. He stands ready to answer prayer. He gives us power over bad habits and destructive behavior. Belief in Him makes us adopted children of God. Other great reasons for trusting Christ will certainly follow here in the days and months ahead.
Meanwhile, there are some very sobering reasons for accepting Jesus and His sacrifice for our sins.
It’s not popular to talk about some of these. They force us to look inside ourselves at things we’d rather not see. Nevertheless, I need to talk to you about one of these less comfortable topics today.
Before you decide to stop right here and surf off to another site, please read why I’m going to talk about a sobering reason for turning to Jesus. Doctors do not like to tell their patients that there is something seriously wrong. Parents do not like to be “the heavy” and force their children to face up to problematic attitudes or behavior. But the mature do what is best for the long run and don’t shirk the unpleasantness of the moment.
Proverbs 27:6 says, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.” In other words, friends don’t let friends walk obliviously into self-destruction. If you have to deal harshly with me to keep me from really getting hurt, then your harshness is an act of great love for me, not an act of hate.
On the receiving end, mature people accept uncomfortable news graciously. I don’t say they welcome it, but they accept it.
So What ‘s the Worst News Ever?
Quite plainly, if we don’t accept Jesus Christ in His role as Savior, then the fact is we are going to stand before Him in His role as Judge.
The worst news I can ever imagine receiving would be Jesus’ words as recorded in Matthew 7:23, “I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!”
God has declared that “He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom He designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31) Those who have rejected Jesus Christ—even though Jesus has proved His claims through His resurrection—will pass into eternity separated from God forever.
John 3:18 says, “The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.” In other words, some people reject God as non-existent or reject God’s word about sin and judgment as false. These people stand condemned already because the penalty for their sin—death—remains on their own head. They have rejected Christ’s payment as worthless, unnecessary, or non-existent, even though God has pointed out the truth that “the penalty of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
Life on Earth will not always continue just as its now is. Climate change will not kill off all mankind. An asteroid strike will not bring an end to all life on Earth. It is certain, however, that Jesus Christ will return to Earth to carry out judgment and justice. Revelation 1:7 describes His return this way:
Look! He is returning with the clouds, and every eye will see Him ,even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes on the earth will mourn because of Him. This will certainly come to pass! Amen.
Believe the Good News Now
Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” and John 3:18 says, “The one who believes in Him is not condemned.” Believers in Christ are not condemned because the penalty for their sin—death—has been paid on their behalf by Christ. They have accepted Jesus’ death and resurrection in place of their own eternal death.
Jesus said, “He who hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24) What an amazing promise!
I don’t enjoy talking or writing about judgment. You probably don’t like reading it either. So why not believe Jesus Christ and know that no condemnation awaits you? And if the reasons for this or that are not clear to you, leave a comment. Let’s talk about it here.
For Further Insight: