Summary: If we say no to God’s provision, then the only alternative is hell.
If we say no to God’s provision, then the only alternative is hell. We cannot
remain neutral. God is love, and He loves us so much that He took our hell for
us if we’ll repent of those sins for which He died and receive His payment. But
He is holy and perfect, and if we don’t accept His payment for our sins then we
have to pay for them ourselves.
1. The Courtroom
Verse 11 “great white throne”…stop right there. These 3 words represent 3 things:
“Great” = speaks of power
The lost standing before this throne will be overcome w/ the incredible sense of
power, awe, and fear.
Some talk flippantly about what they’re gonna tell God when they see Him face to face…oh no they won’t!
Their mind may go back to each time they took His Name in vain, but they won’t be able to use it in vain on this occasion.
They may think of jokes they told about hell, but there will be no joking on this day.
They may remember the way they used to think about hell, but the reality of what it’s really like will now sink in.
Hebrews 10:31-It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
“Earth and heaven fled away” – all will realize that everything they ever lived for on earth is gone forever, everything they put before God is gone, all their possessions, all their pleasures, popularity, prestige, all their family, their children…gone…disposed of…and they are left with God alone, Who now must dispose of them!
Hear this: in the end, all we have left is our soul!
No wonder Jesus said, (Mark 8:36-For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?)
“White” = speaks of purity
This speaks of the unapproachable purity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why is this important? Because many on that day will stand before God and want to say, “I’m a good person.” But that will mean nothing compared to His unapproachable purity.
The only way you or I can be pure enough to stand before God is to be washed in
the blood of Jesus!
Isaiah 1:18-Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Psalm 51:7-Purge me … and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
“Throne” = God Himself will be in charge on this day…He will call the shots on that day.
The Creator who allowed them every breath they ever took, the Savior
who died in their place, the Spirit that convicted their hearts time after time,
urging them to repent and be saved…He has allowed them a free will to choose for years and years, but on that day God sits on the throne.
And you’ll either put Him on the throne of your heart today, or you’ll stand
before His Great White Throne on THAT day.
Notice the last phrase of v. 11: “there was found no place for them”
Literally means, “no place to run, no place to hide.”
In the garden of Eden, Adam sinned and tried to hide behind a tree
No trees on that day.
When Jonah sinned, he tried to take a boat away from it all.
No transportation away on that day.
No fig leaves, just the ugly nakedness of our sin exposed!
Nowhere to run, every excuse is stripped away!
It’s 1 on 1, the sinner and Savior, at the Great White Throne!