“Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’” Luke 13:26-27.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Zechariah 7-9, and Luke 13.
How often we try to blend in. Most of the times it works. People in a group make fun of a candidate that you happen to like. You could speak up but you don’t want to lose your place as an accepted member of the group so you say nothing.
That “blending” thing doesn’t work with God. Today’s chosen verses are harsh. On one hand, you have people who are claiming familiarity with God. On the other hand, you have God dismissing them as unknown to Him.
Those who become part of the new heaven and earth will not be there because they knew someone. The residents in the new heaven and earth will be those INDIVIDUALS who have heard the Good News and acted accordingly.
What is the Good News? It has already happened. It involved a loving God and His loving Son Jesus acting together to end everyone’s sin problem. Jesus took everyone’s sins to death on the cross. Those sins stayed dead while Jesus was brought back to new life by God. By Jesus’s act, the burden and consequence for our sins was lifted. We have new life and must live accordingly. Jesus, the Messiah, is coming back some day and our job in the meantime is to prepare the earth for that return. We work to make the earth better by loving as Jesus loved. Jesus will finish to restoration of earth (new earth) when He returns.
Those in our midst, and everywhere else for that matter, need to realize what the Good News is, or they will miss out. There will be separation and it will be a tragic time.
The good news is that the Red Sox have won the American League East. I celebrated when I realized it. Other Red Sox fans could deny that it happened and continue to live in the gloom-and-doom of last season. That good sports news needs to reach them so that they can act accordingly. Similarly, the Good News involves a choice. Accept it or reject it. In either case you will live accordingly. God knows the difference.
“Lord, I celebrate Your Good News. Thank You for taking care of my sin problem. I love You for it and will strive to do what You want me doing on earth. I want to rightly represent You. Thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit.”
Individual hear the Good News and react to it not groups. You made the reaction.