READING: Zechariah 1-6, Revelation 19:6-20:15
I wish I could ignore the realities of eternal judgment on those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, but the Bible will not allow me to do so. In fact, John records a picture of this judgment: “And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:15). That torment will be “forever and ever”—that is, without end (Rev 20:10). This divine judgment is evidence of God’s holiness—but His love is also most evident in His willingness to write in the book of life the names of those who do follow Him (Rev 20:12).
This painful truth of judgment compels believers to give our lives so others will know Jesus not only as the One who loves them, but who loves them so much that He paid the penalty for their sin. He suffered and died so they might have eternal life that escapes this judgment. He has already paid the price, and we who follow Him can cry out with the multitudes, “Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, reigns!” (Rev 19:6).
I don’t know if all my readers are Christ-followers. If you are not, I plead with you today to turn to Him, ask His forgiveness, forsake your sin, and trust Him. I long for you to know Him personally. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to talk more about this life-changing matter.
PRAYER: “Lord, burden me again about the reality of hell. Use me to tell others about You.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch-up day