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That’s a shocker!

“Then they 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: Genesis 31-33, and Luke 13.

There will be those who will not be spending their after-lives with God.

Everything does not come out in the wash.

We all won’t get to be with God.

Our associations with believers and our good deeds don’t earn entry passes.

It is sad news especially to those of us with family members who have no use for God.

Not all our friends and the good people we know are guaranteed a Godly after-life.

The Gospel is so simple but how many have missed it.

I am struggling with how to present the Gospel.  What avenue do I have to present it?  This blog is an opportunity but have I explained the Gospel well enough so that folks will believe the Good News and go on to live accordingly?

I attended a “Christian” college but I am not foolish enough to believe that everyone who attended was a Christian.  It wasn’t that the people weren’t good or in my midst but rather, had they believed the Gospel and moved on to live according to that belief?

A loving God sent His loving Son to take care of my burden of sin.  Jesus conquered sin and death for me by dying and being raised again.  I have new life.  I must live accordingly in the life He gives me as I prepare for His return.  There’s work to be done.  People need to hear this Gospel.  How will I reach them effectively?

“Lord, forgive me for living as if everyone in my midst has an after-life set up with You.  Many don’t.  Help me to reach them with Your Good News.  You’ve taken care of their sin burden.  You’ve given them a new life.  Open their eyes/ears to accept what You have done for them.   I love You, Lord.”

Are we concerned that some will be left out of an after-life with God?

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Don’t you remember me?

“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.

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