by Pastor Tim Burt
Renee and I want to wish you a blessed Easter as you reflect what His death and resurrection means to you! Celebrate Jesus. Celebrate Easter!
I was terrorized! I was nine years old, standing outside the principal’s office and waiting to be called in, for what I was not sure. It was the most scared I had ever been in my life! The principal was not a nice person. She gave a lot of mean stares and always looked mad. She had mistakenly disciplined me, slapping me across the face in front of the entire class a few weeks earlier for something the boy next to me did. My teacher told her she had disciplined the wrong child and instead of apologizing to me, she gave me a dirty look and in front of the entire class said, He probably deserved it anyway she muttered and walked out of the classroom leaving a teacher and 34 students shocked with their mouth open. Now here I was waiting outside her office again. To get pulled in for judgment before someone like this felt terrorizing!
Many people are afraid that this is what it is going to be like when they die and stand before God one day. They are so fearful about this that they don’t even want their imagination to go there. Is God going to play back the video of every inappropriate thought, word, and sinful action we’re guilty of in our life? Will He be thundering mad and push us down the express chute to Hell? Many people have built a wall greater than the Great Wall of China around those kinds of thoughts, pushing them as far back into their mind as possible. These terrorizing fears drives many to push the reality of God out of their mind, instead renaming Him a concept, a myth, a crutch for weak people, or nonexistent.
What I know and I hope that all of you know, is that God is not like my less-than-wonderful school principal. God is God. He is merciful, patient, kind, just, holy, all-knowing, all-seeing, and a thousand other wonderful things. People can mentally deny His existence and can push Him away or bury His existence in their mind, but, He is still God and He is still there. He is not evil. He is pure love. He is pure goodness. He has a plan that He has already executed and prepared for every person – the plan to stand before Him without fear. And that plan is Jesus!
Jesus paid the price for our sins through His death. He paid the price enabling us to stand before Him washed and cleansed from sin. He did this out of His great love for us! The book of Revelation shows a time where all of Heaven is singing about this great love and what Jesus did for all mankind—for all who would believe. Revelation 5:9 NLT says, “And they sang a new song with these words: …For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” God is not someone to be afraid of! He is someone to seek after!
Terrorists hate and take lives—not love and give up their life out of their love of others. God is not someone to be afraid of. An understanding of our destiny in Him is something to be desired. When we stand before God as believers, our sins will have been forgiven. We will be wearing His white robes of righteousness. He will not be condemning us but rewarding us for being obedient to do the things He has taught us in do. That’s something you want to learn and know more about. Every little thing you do for God from a pure heart carries a reward. Everything! Your prayers will be rewarded, your right attitude and integrity rewarded, your good actions rewarded, and so much more.
That is why you want to know Jesus and understand how to walk out His destiny for your life. Standing before God one day is not a day to be afraid of or terrorized by. As a believer, it’s a day about encountering the God who loves you, and about a life to be rewarded! This is Easter! That is why Jesus said, “When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven…” Luke 6:23.
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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