Now we can get all Christianese about it and say that Matthew 24:36 is quite clear that no one knows when the end of the world is going to be. Or we can get all “derogatory” with and about those people that haven’t read or don’t want to believe that the Mayan calendar is simply coming to the end of its long cycle (kind of like our yearly calendar just ticks over at the end of every calendar year). Or we can even get all philosophical about it and agree with the statement that tomorrow will indeed be the end of the world as we know it, as it would have changed and have been altered in one or other substantive way. Or…
… we can face the reality that tomorrow could very well be the end of the world.
I am not saying that the Mayans are correct. But neither am I denying the sovereignty of God in deciding which day He may choose to end the world and bring about judgement. You see, it could very well be that the Mayans only guessed it correctly. But whether they guessed it right or not, does not change the fact the God could indeed use tomorrow as the time to send Jesus back to collect the saints and banish the lost.
So, the real question that remains, is are you right with God?
Are you ready to find out what’s on the other side of death? Is there really an eternity, or do you come back as something else? But if the earth is totally destroyed, what will you come back as? Or maybe you become one with everything, or get absorbed into the nothing? Which one will it be; the something or the nothing?
Can you really afford to be wrong?
Jesus offers eternal life. If He’s wrong, then you have nothing to lose; you’ll either return to a desolate and wasteland earth, or you’ll dissolve into nothing and won’t know anyway, or you’ll become one with everything and won’t care either way. But that’s only if He’s wrong.
But if He’s right, you have everything to gain or lose. You will either have eternal life or eternal damnation. Can you really risk it?
But here’s the catch – Jesus doesn’t only want your fear of death. He wants your heart. You see, I don’t believe that the world is going to end tomorrow. I believe that we’re all going to wake up on Saturday morning and go, “Ah!! Yet another prediction all gone wrong.” And the commitment you make to follow Jesus before the world is supposed to end, will require a follow through when you wake up the very next day.
Jesus is not only your ticket out of death, but He is your journey on your way to eternal life. That journey is this life that you are living now. And because you are going one way, in order for you to go the other way (to eternal life), you need to change direction. That change in direction is called repentance. It requires an attitude and even a behavioural change on your part. But it is worth it.
Go on. Give your heart to Jesus.
Pray with me:
Heavenly Father. I admit that I do not have all the answers. I admit that even though I may think that I am a good person, there is without a doubt, something that I have done that has ultimately been an offense to you. I may not even know what that offense may be, but I know that there will have been something. And so I confess to you that I have sinned against You and am in need of a saviour. Lord, I do not want to be eternally damned and am therefore here to now accept Your free gift of salvation through the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to be the person that You have destined me to be. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Now go find a local Church, tell them that you have committed your life to Jesus, and start your journey towards eternal life in the fellowship of other believers.
If you want, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will labour with you in prayer for you to find a local Church.
May God richly bless you this day as you begin this journey. In Jesus name. Amen.
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Matthew 24:36 (NIV) – “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father”
I needed to empty my pool and had two options availabe to me; I could scoop it out with a 10 litre bucket or hire a submersible pump. Although the 4000 scoops with the bucket would have done much for my physice, I decided on the submersible pump. So I went to the local plant hire business and hired one. They pulled the rip-cord and it roared to life.
I loaded it into the car, headed back home, got it all set up, and pulled the rip-cord. Nothing happened. So I pulled again. Still nothing happened. I thought that I just wasn’t strong enough or didn’t have the right technique, so I pulled again and again and again. Nothing!!! As I composed myself from the rising agitation, I noticed that there was this red switch on the other side that said “On” and “Off”. I turned it to the “On” position, pulled the rip-cord and it roared to life. Oh, how happy I was.
The euphoria lasted a whole ten seconds. Read the rest of this entry