Sep 13, 2018 946
…in Christ all will be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22, NIV).
We all know that life is limited and death is certain. The older we get, the shorter life seems. And there’s one thing that many people fear even more than death: that’s ‘accountability’ — the instinctive fear of judgement. “Am I good enough?”
Of course, we can simply refuse to think about these things, the proverbial ostrich with his head in the sand. Or we can face the words of Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:10 (TLB): “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged and have our lives laid bare—before him.” So much for the bad news.
Let us pass quickly to the good news, because it’s very good indeed. It’s actually contained in the same verse. Jesus Christ, the Crucified One is to be the Judge of sinners! Elsewhere, we are told this plainly, “The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). And this Judge has declared: “He that believes in [Christ] is not condemned…” (John 3:18).
We Begin Unlimited Life Now
Here is a recipe for unlimited life, both now and for eternity. When we see that Christ accepts us regardless of our failures, we are set free for the first time in our lives. When we choose Christ’s unconditional love, life is infused with peace, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Our temporary life here and now is transformed by the promise of eternity: we begin unlimited life now.
Of course, Christ also knows full well that there will be strife and pain in this life, but see how balanced and comforting his words are: “In the world, you will have trouble,” but “in me, you may have peace” (John 16:33).
No wonder we read that “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Anyone who understands the grace of God cannot help but be joyous and strong. It’s not surprising that after the Gospel was preached and received in the city of Samaria, we’re told that there was “great joy in that city” (Acts 8:8).
This is the secret of an unlimited life in the present and the certainty of unlimited life beyond. Regardless of what troubles you are facing as you read this — and we are all facing trouble all the time — you have the reality of unlimited life in Jesus, thanks to his unlimited love and sacrifice, which is yours to accept.
Come. All is free. All is grace. Today. — Des Ford