Summary: It’s not “What Would Jesus Do”, it’s “What WILL Jesus Do...With You?”, and the answer depends upon what you do with Jesus. Link inc. to formatted text, audio & video, PowerPoint Presentation.
It’s not “What Would Jesus Do”, it’s “What WILL Jesus Do...With You?”, and the answer depends upon what you do with Jesus. What you do with Him in this life determines what He has to do with you in the next.
I. The Coming of the Sovereign.
A. The Glory Throne.
v. 31 Imagine Jesus sitting there on His glory throne! He’s there today, and even when everything seems to be going wrong, He’s still on the throne. But one day soon He will stand up, and come down, and we will rise up, and bow down.
v. 32, 34 This judgment is written of in Joel...
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
We will all stand before God and be judged one day. If you are not saved, then you will be judged for your sins. If you are saved, your sins have already been judged at Calvary, praise God, but you will be judged for your service.
Today men sit in judgment of Jesus, and all have their opinions of Him, but one day all men will be judged by Jesus.
B. The Gathered Masses.
v. 32 In Bible days it was not uncommon for sheep and goats to be herded together. And sheep are a picture of God’s saved people.
...we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
But goats are a picture of the lost—those who haven’t been saved. Devil worship still uses the symbol of the goat.
Today we put people into categories of our own making: rich and poor, educated and uneducated, black and white, but in God’s eyes their’s only one division among men: saved and lost – sheep and goats
Jesus said you are for me or against me, a believer or an unbeliever, bound for heaven or hell.
Today the saved and the lost are mixed together, working in the same factories, shopping the same stores, attending the same schools, living in the same neighborhoods, but one day soon a separation is coming!
If that line of separation was to be drawn today, which side would you be on? Would you be one of the sheep, or the goats? You say, I’m a Baptist. That doesn’t answer the question. There’s 2 kinds of Baptist – saved and lost. Some of them are sheep and there’s some old goats!
We cannot tell the difference – we are not the judge and we don’t sit on the throne. It’s God’s job to judge who is saved or not. You may be able to fool me, or fool everyone, but you can’t fool God! When God separates the sheep from the goats you won’t be able to pull the wool over His eyes!
The coming of the sovereign...
II. The Celebration of the Saints.
v. 34 This is the invitation of salvation remembered. God has always been inviting mankind to come to Him. Many of today’s churches are trying to bring God down to man’s level, but the invitation has always been for man to come to God. God has already come to us, because we COULDN’T get to Him, but now thru Jesus’ blood on the cross we can come, and the ball is in our court!
• God told Noah and his family to come into the Ark of safety.
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
• God used Isaiah to invite people to come to the place of cleansing.
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.
• Jesus invited people to come to the place of rest.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Come forward today at the invitation and you’ll be answering God’s personal invite for you to come to Him! RSVP today and you’ll enjoy safety, cleansing, and rest!
Let me ask you an important question to consider: What ‘on earth’ would you want to go to hell for? Is there anything on earth that you can have that would make an eternity in hell worth it?
Come be saved today, and in that day you’ll be told to come to the celebration of v. 34b – “Come...inherit the kingdom” – then it says, “prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” This means that long before you born God had you on His heart...He loved you long before you came into existence.