~ Jesus Christ Sees Individuals, and He Sees You! ~
This is the final post in our “Jesus Saw” series.
Introduction ~ In this series we have seen multiple examples of Jesus seeing individuals—not crowds!
How Do You Think God Sees You? ~ This is not just an academic question, rather it is an important question to your satisfaction, happiness, and joy in this life. Strange as it is many spend much of their time worrying about how other people see them and very little time contemplating how the God of this universe sees them.
Some Options ~ Some people think that since “God is love” they can assume that no long-term harm will come to them. Some think God is like a great cosmic teacher who grades on a curve: all I have to do is be better than the next guy. Others might think God is disappointed in them… or angry with them… or surprised by their actions. Some have given up and decided there is no way to meet God’s standards—so why try?
The Truth ~ You are in fact unable to measure up to God’s standard of righteousness, and yes, God is love and He loves you as the individual you are! That is why He sent His Son to pay the penalty of your sin. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:14-17).
True Options ~ There are only two options. Either you remain separated from God because of your sin and are bound to an eternity separated from God OR you accept His provision and are reunited with God and headed to an eternity in heaven with Jesus Christ.
Separated From God ~ Hell is a real eternal place. It is punishment which is described in Scripture as a bottomless pit (Revelation 20:3-6), a prison (1 Peter 3:19, a place of torment (Luke 16:21), a fire (Matthew 13:42-50), and as a worm that never dies (Mark 9:44-48). It is also called the second death (Revelation 21:8), and the wrath of God (Romans 2:5). Perhaps the one of the most significant descriptions is a place of darkness (Matthew 8:12 and Jude 13) which is in contrast to heaven which will be full of light (Revelation 22:5).
United With God ~ Jesus Christ said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).
the key question: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15). This is the most important question you will ever answer. If you do not answer it, or answer it incorrectly, you have made the biggest mistake anyone can make!
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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