9/24/2008 ~ The Greatest Day

The first time Jesus came as Savior, the second, it will be as Judge.

"Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took
their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. ... ~ Matthew 25:1-13

What would you consider the Greatest Day in your Life?

● High School graduation?
● Finished college and started your career?
● The day you were married?
● When your children were born?
● When you were baptized?

IT will be the same for us ALL.
~ The Greatest day will be our day of Judgment.
Will you be ready?
No one can get ready for you.
5 wise <─┘└─> 5 foolish  

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour
in which the Son of Man is coming." ~ Matthew 25:13

1. No one can get ready for you.

"And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, ..."
~ Matthew 25:8-9

You can not borrow salvation.
How can you borrow readiness or spiritual preparedness?

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ...
~ Hebrews 9:27

We have an individual appointment with our Creator.
                └─> Judgment Day.  

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each
one may receive the things done in the body, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:10

... obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
work out your own salvation ... ~ Philippians 2:12

   It will be based on what you did.   
It won’t be perfect, ~ but did you come to pursue our Father’s will?
Can you risk not being ready?

2. Preparation must not be put off.

The greatest day of our lives is coming.

"... you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour
you do not expect." ~ Matthew 24:42-44

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord
so comes as a thief in the night. ~ 1st Thessalonians 5:2

Our life is too important to just carelessly loose it.

Brotherly Love
      Takes a Lifetime of training
One can not just put these on at the last moment.

"Remember Lot's wife." ~ Luke 17:32

"... likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back."
~ Luke 17:30-31

To look back is to turn back.
One can not long for what is being left behind in the world.
Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a U-haul trailer?

... "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back,
is fit for the kingdom of God." ~ Luke 9:62

Jesus is coming; don’t miss Him for the world!


A storm is coming …                                                               
                                … It will be the wind of His vengeance.
You can’t put off preparedness.
Does the Lord know that you love Him?
~ Serve Him, praise Him, obey Him? ~
Are you ready right now?

3. The judge’s decision is final.

"... and the door was shut." ~ Matthew 25:10

No late sitting will be permitted or allowed.

"... 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' But he answered and said,
'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' " ~ Matthew 25:11-12

~ They were not ready for the greatest day.

... 'I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me,
all you workers of iniquity.' ... ~ Luke 13:25-28

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. ...
~ Matthew 7:21-23

We must follow what God prescribes in His word.
There is a reason the Bible has been preserved for us.
The Lord expects us to prepare for Him.

... in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God,
and on those who do not obey the gospel ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 1:6-9

Not obeying God is just as not knowing Him.
Opportunities will be over, destinies will be sealed, eternity will begin.
Do you eagerly wait at the door to eternity?

1. No one can get ready for you.
2. Preparation must not be put off.
3. The judge’s decision is final.

"... Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful
over a few things, ... Enter into the joy of your lord." ~ Matthew 25:22-23

Thanks be to my good friend in Christ, “Bubba” Gerald Edward Garner.
There is a day coming where our hearts will declare our name.

"To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.
... a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."
~ Revelation 2:17

"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me,
to give every one according to his work." ~ Revelation 22:12

A most personal exhilarating day is coming for us all.

"He who believes and is baptized will be saved;
but he who does not believe will be condemned." ~ Mark 16:16

~ All sins can be erased and you can pursue God today and so forward.
The alternative is you can put off what you will come to regret.

... "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted."
~ Matthew 15:13

Truth is the root of the soul, are you planted in Him?






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