The Word for today:
mark this: Revelation 20:11
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away.
Sin is real. It is not just a concept. It is a force, a perverse power with real consequences. It brings an end to innocence; it steals the twinkle from the stars.
And its effects are ongoing. It doesn't just evaporate into thin air. It can turn into a tear, a regret, a broken heart, a broken home. But it won't stop there.
Sin started beneath a tree in a garden. It was conceived by a man and a woman whom Satan seduced by playing their own self-centeredness against them.
Once it was set in motion, sin made itself king, ruling over individual hearts and collective history. No one could stop it. No one, that is, until God stepped in. He designed two structures and decreed that all sin would be stopped at either one place or the other…
First, he built a cross and hung from it. Many, trusting him, brought all their sin there, where it was swallowed up by his sacrifice.
But many others bypassed God's cross. They did not trust him, or they did not understand, or they did not care, or they thought they'd found another way. They were blinded by the darkness they'd created.
And so God will erect the other structure, a Great White Throne. No sin that detoured around his cross will get by this throne. No, not one.
No one will be acquitted at the Great White Throne. All those who appear there will be consigned to a hell of their choosing, for sin will not be allowed in heaven.
If you've trusted Jesus, you will never see God's Great White Throne of judgment. You can read about it in his book, but that's as close as you'll ever come. There's no reason for you to be there, because Jesus was already judged for your sin.
But if you haven't trusted Jesus, then there's a Great White Throne in your future. Unless, of course, you can perform a miracle…
And you can. You have it within you to change a Lion into a Lamb, a Judge into a Savior. You have it within you to change a Great White Throne into a cross…
Just cross your heart and make up your mind to place all your imperfections and even all your doubts in a great big sack. Then go to him via a prayer. Tell him you've decided that he's better than your sins and truer than your doubts. Ask him for the forgiveness he purchased with his life. It will not be withheld.
And all this while, you thought you'd never see a miracle. You thought that miracles, if they exist, were only for the other guy.
But you've come to find out that there is--there truly is--wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb.