“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (Acts 17:31)
Jesus Christ is returning and going to judge each and every one of us when He does. His yardstick of rule and measurement is righteousness. How will we compare? When held up to righteousness will we have anything measurable?
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:31-34).
John Trapp the 17th century English Anglican Bible commentator said, “Better be pruned to grow than cut up to burn.” This is very healthy advice for us to heed now for in the presence and judgment of God it will be too late.
“He maketh mention of the last judgment, that he may awake them out of their dream. For we know how hard a matter it is for men to deny themselves. Therefore, they must be violently enforced unto repentance, which cannot be done better than when they be cited to appear before God’s judgment-seat, and that fearful judgment is set before them, which they may neither despise nor escape” (John Trapp).
God gave assurance of Jesus Christ, His return and of His covenant promise when He raised Him from the dead. It was the proof that man so sorely desired to know that God is true and His word shall always come to pass. But man has a short memory that is encouraged by his own desires and lusts. It only takes a generation for man to forget the unwanted truth and pursue his carnal wishes and whims.
God has, “appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness”. This is expressed in the future tense. Man accepts it as a future event and makes the fatal mistake of postponing and delaying his commitment to God because he thinks he has time.
Here’s an important question. When are you going to die? When is Jesus returning? You don’t know. Nobody knows the answer to either question for certain. So why are you putting off righteousness and Jesus and God? Now is the time to realize eternity, not when you die. It is too late then. And do you suppose that when you die that you can reason with Jesus? Do you think then is the time to measure your life to see if you were “good enough” to gain entrance into heaven?
Heaven is too late. The second coming is too late. Now is the time!
“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed” (Romans 13:11).
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him” (John 4:23).
“For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Now is the time to commit your life to Jesus Christ. Now!
Because He Hath Appointed A Day