Saturday, December 24, 2016

Day 24 - The Great White Throne of Judgment

What do you see in the painting that can help us remember what Jesus has done for us?

And I saw a great white throne, and I saw the one who was sitting on it.  The earth and sky fled from His presence, but they found no place to hide.  I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne.  And the books were opened, including the Book of Life.  And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done. — Revelation 20:11-12 (NLT)  

      God will finally have to deal with everyone who has chosen to disobey.  He is the perfect Judge of right and wrong.  He says the penalty for sin is death, but He doesn’t want anyone to die, so Jesus came to take our place.  He is the only way we can escape Hell, the place where He will send the devil and his demons forever.  Everyone who refuses God’s way will someday have to stand before the Great White Throne of God.  (Revelation 20:11-12)  Then they will not have any excuse for rejecting God’s Son, Jesus.  If we believe in Jesus as God’s only way to Heaven, we will never have to stand at the Great White Throne.   When we follow Him, we already have everlasting life, and our place will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  He loves us and wants to be with us, so we never have any reason to fear His judgment, but II Corinthians 5: 9-10 says we should “…make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.  For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Today's Prayer

     Thank You, God, for doing so much to keep us from having to die for our sins.  Calvary’s cross, where You had to take on every sin of the world, must have been even more horrible than the lake of fire could be for us.  Thank You for loving us so much.  We give You our praise, Jesus, as our Christmas gift to You.

Today's Activity:

     Tell the children you are going to have a time of praise and thanksgiving for God’s plan to save us.  Ask each one to choose a song that praises Him.  Then lead them in a time of prayer, encouraging each one to tell Him at least one thing for which they are thankful.

Seek & Find Answer to the question in the painting above:
The cross.  Jesus sits on the Great White Throne with the cross behind Him.   Do you see the red comets shooting out from the cross?  There are there to remind us of His sacrifice for us. 

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