I’ve got news for you if you think the word “Jesus” is a swear-word. One day, you’re going to find out that it’s not, and that, instead, you’ll be bowing “full prostrate” before that same one whose name you have been using as a swear-word all your life. Then, where will your swear-word get you? Nowhere. Abosolutely nowhere at all.
Have you never read, “Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess, that Jesus is Lord, to the praise of God the Father”? What do you think of that? Here’s what I think of it: It’s awesome. It’s great. It’s wonderful. It’s true. It’s powerful. It’s mighty. It’s glorious. Hallelujah! I could (and do) shout and praise his name!
Here’s a glimpse of what’s up ahead, whether you believe it or not. (Remember, the man who didn’t “believe” that the bridge was out when it in fact was, still plummetted to his death in the river below. What you “believe” will not save you, if what you “believe” is not, in fact, true.) So here’s a glimpse of what’s up ahead, whether you believe it or not.
1. Fact Number 1: We’ll all bow before him and honor him as God, whether we like it or not!
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
2. Fact Number 2: We shall all have to give an account before him, whether we like it or not!
“Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick (living) and the dead.” (1 Peter 4:5)
“Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.” (James 5:9)
“For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.” (Hebrews 10:30)
“… the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead …” (1 Timothy 4:1b)
“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16)
“Because he [God] hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man [Jesus Christ] whom he hath ordained.” (Acts 17:31)
How then should a person respond to these truthes? I believe the song says it well:
“Jesus, you’re the sweetest name of all,
Jesus, you always hear me when I call,
Oh, Jesus, you lift me up each time I fall,
You’re the sweetest, the sweetest name of all!”
Can you sing that song? If not, it’s time to change your ways and, as Jesus Himself said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Repent, then, and believe the gospel, for as Jesus has said, “I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:12b)