Summary: This message reveals three facts that every lost person must one day face when they stand before a holy God.
Text: Rev.20: 12-15
Intro: A fact may be defined as, “the state of things as they are; reality; actuality; truth [fact as distinct from fancy]” (Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, and David B. Guralnik, Editor in Chief Emeritus, Webster’s New World Dictionary Of American English, Third College Edition, Deluxe Color Edition; published by Webster’s New World, Cleveland & New York, pg. 485). To boil it all down, a fact is something as it really is, not as one would like it to be. We can fantasize about being a millionaire; but if we only have fifty cents in the bank, that doesn’t change the fact that we are practically broke. Why? Because the fact is, we only have fifty cents. That’s reality.
All of us at some time or another have had to face the facts about something. For instance, when some personal difficulty or tragedy takes place, we tend to think the situation isn’t as bad as it seems, or that it hasn’t really happened at all. But sooner or later, it sinks in that what we fear to acknowledge is reality just the same. Denying what is obvious will change nothing.
Many people carry on fanciful thinking about eternity. They somehow, in spite of clear-cut evidence to the contrary, found in God’s Word, believe that God is going to let bygones be bygones, and welcome them with open arms into heaven, even though they have never repented of their sins and received Christ as their personal Savior. However, no amount of wishful thinking will ever change God’s Word, which says, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13: 3). If there is one thing that can be counted on, it is this: When the lost sinner stands before God, He will deal with them according to the facts, not according to their fancy.
With these thoughts in mind, I want us to think about some facts that every lost person must face sooner or later.
Theme: One day the lost must face the fact of:
I. THE GLORIFIED SAVIOR
A. Jesus Will Be Glorious In His Person.
Rev.1: 12 “And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters,
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
B. Jesus Will Be Glorious In His Power.
Rev.1: 8 “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
Phil.2: 9 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
NOTE: Man may resist the Savior now, but one day the lost man will stand before the omnipotent King of Kings.
Jesus As King
My king was born king. The Bible says He is the seven-way king. He is the king of the Jews. That’s a racial king. He is king of Israel. That’s a national king. He’s a king of righteousness. He’s a king of the ages. He’s the king of heaven. He is the king of glory. He’s the King of kings and Lord of lords. Now that’s my king.
Well, I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don’t try to mislead me. Do you know my king? David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” No far-seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing.
He’s enduringly strong, He’s entirely sincere, He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. That’s my king. He’s God’s Son. He’s a sinner’s savior. He’s the centerpiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s august. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s preeminent. He’s the loftiest idea in literature. He’s the highest idea in philosophy. He’s the fundamental truth in theology. He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion. That’s my king.