When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matthew 25:31-33)
What If He Is Right?
The question for man has always been to determine what lies beyond the grave. He creates mythological figures to explain what he cannot see and stories of cultural fantasies to excite the senses to the mystery of death. Since the beginning of time there has been a denial to anything beyond the grave that would be fearful or dread. For many, death is final and there is nothing beyond – good or bad. Others create pleasure filled nirvana’s that reward the passing in death as a higher plane of experience and knowledge. Religions each share a view of eternal life respective of what they teach in their core doctrines. Most deny the veracity of the Bible as nothing more than fables and myths. It is impossible for anyone to accept there is a Creator that allows man to live after death and choosing right and wrong will determine a course of either eternal joy or everlasting suffering. Thinking the God of the Bible would actually punish a person in an eternal flame is not accepted by the critical thinkers of human wisdom. Hell is a story contrived to scare young children and humor the adults. The idea of an eternal judgment where few are rewarded with goodness and the majority are cast into a lake of fire cannot be accepted as the purpose of life. And so the world continues to whirl around the sun and the lives of six billion souls walking the face of the earth live and die without giving any thought to life after death and certainly not the consequence of life lived and eternity awaiting. But what if Jesus is right and there really is a judgment of good and evil?
There is a deep sadness that overshadows the existence of man because he does not believe in the story of judgment. Arguments can be made for a Biblical reasoning proving the reality of separation in an eternal judgment but for many the idea is hard to imagine. Failing to believe in God hinders the mind to accept eternal doctrines of accountability but it does not change the reality. If anything should be considered it must be from the standpoint of asking the doubter, “What if He is right and there will be a judgment – what then?” All men agree death is final. No man returns from the grave to tell the story of what lies beyond. Everything known about eternity comes from the Bible and only through the word of God can man come to an understanding of the nature of man both physically and eternal. In the revelation of God’s word life after death is opened up and the promise of resurrection established by the story of Jesus Christ. Accepting the story of Christ comes from a faith that believes in the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. And that is the problem. Man will not believe what he cannot see. He hears Jesus tell the story of judgment and refuses to believe and accept God will separate men like sheep and goats. There is a spirit of denial to agree that some men will be ushered into an eternal paradise of joy while others are cast into a place of eternal torment. But what if Jesus is right and there really is a judgment day?
Believers in Christ will reject the question suggesting Jesus is right because their faith is established upon the promises of God and that He cannot lie. But on the surface for nonbelievers how do they rationalize the idea that when death comes in its final form and there is no return – what will they do if they find out what Jesus said was exactly true and they stand before God in judgment – what then? It is here the heartbreaking news comes to bear upon the tortured soul that knows God is real, the Bible true and judgment sure. Every man who dies becomes a believer in God. They may have denied the existence of God in their life but in their death they became an absolute believer in the power of the Lord. All they denied in life is accepted in death. Ignoring the word of God will change when the shadow of death descends upon them. The last breath of a nonbeliever is the first breath when a person dies and realizes there really is an eternal God. At that time it is too late because there is no return from the dead. In the fantasy world of man he would want to enter death and see God face to face so that he can return and believe in God in life. Tearfully all men die and see God and there is no return to seek the face of the Father in life. Eternity is final, absolute and complete. If a man does not believe in God now he will when he dies. The difference will be that he can change his heart while he walks among men but when he stands before the heavenly hosts there will no change of station although the heart has changed. Lost will always be lost and saved will always be saved. That is the character of eternity. It is not a matter of “What if he is right” but “What must I do to be saved?” That is the most important question a man can know. What about you?