The Judge

May 21, 2017 sermon
By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor

Revelations 5

In discovering Jesus as presented in the Bible, the one thing that discomforts most people is the idea that Jesus is going to judge us. To help us move toward understanding, let us consider three questions about the Judgment Day (Daniel 12 & mentioned by every writer in the New Testament, and most frequently by Jesus Himself, as in Matthew 16:27):

I. WHO will be judge?

It is not God the Father who is going to judge but Jesus: “And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.” (John 5:25-27)

II. HOW is the judgement going to happen? What will it be like?

A. Everyone will be judged.
In Rev. 20:11-15, Jesus judges the dead, “according to what they had done”. Unbelievers receive eternal judgement solely on the basis of their actions. Believers have eternal life through faith in the saving death of Jesus (Jn 3:16; Jn 5:24)), but they must also appear before Christ to “receive what is due for him for the things done while in body, whether good or bad.” (II Cor. 5:10). Christians will be rewarded for the good in their lives, and suffer lack of reward/loss for the bad. As believers, we are not condemned (Rom. 8:1), but are praised by Christ only for those thoughts & behaviors which are truly in obedience in God’s service. (I Cor. 3:10-15)

B. Christ’s judgement will be thorough.
Judgement will include everything about us, good or bad (II Cor.5:10); not just our deeds, but the motives of our heart and even our idle words. Because of Jesus’ thoroughness, we do not have to judge!

C. The judgement will be fair.
Humans do not know how to take the environment and circumstances into account. Jesus knows what everyone’s response would be if our circumstances were all equal, and He will judge fairly. (Matt.11:20-24)

III. WHY is Jesus the one who is judging us?

In John 5,25-27 Jesus is given authority to judge because he is the “Son of Man”. In Rev. 5:1-3, the powerful “Lion of Judah” becomes a vulnerable “slain Lamb”, worthy to execute judgement because He died for everyone, and He has created a kingdom out of those redeemed people.

To bring in His Kingdom, Jesus must judge in order to end evil in creation and us. In mercy, our deeply loving God has offered us eternal life in the exchange of our flawed lives with the perfect sacrifice of His only Son. Our response is to accept this exchange, and worship Jesus (Rev.5:11-14. May we lean into Jesus and be transformed by the Gospel.

Discussion Questions

  1. As a Christian, were you surprised to learn that you will be judged? What will be judged for?
  2. When dealing with imperfections in yourselves and others, do you first go to judgement or mercy?
  3. Author Katherine Marshall once wrote that she felt that Church members are extremely judgmental. Do you agree? How can we loosen up?
  4. How do we look at judgement of ourselves: an opportunity? a rejection? a threat?
  5. Americans value “fairness”, and we often complain that life is “not fair”. According the sermon, why is Jesus our only source of fairness.
  6. Why should we worship and be eternally grateful that Jesus (perfect man and perfect God) is our judge?

Introduction

Timothy Warren was a great lunch companion. I know because I and my friends had lunch with Timothy in the Cafeteria at Dallas Seminary several times before I knew who he really was. He was great! He simply introduced himself as Timothy. He asked engaging questions about our hopes and dreams, and post-seminary plans. He talked about his life just like one of the guys. I was great with Timothy as a lunch companion.

I was good with Timothy Warren once I found out he was a teacher. After I had eaten with Timothy about three times, someone finally explained to me that he was a PhD and a professor in the P.M. Department at the Seminary. I was good with that. I thought “This guy must be the most awesome teacher ever. He’s unpretentious. He eats with the troops. He’s a great teacher!” And he was. My estimation of his teaching only went up when I heard him speak in Chapel. He was fantastic. To this day, I can tell you the opening illustration, text and main point of his sermon. I was good with him as a teacher.

But Timothy had another role that I was not so good with. He was a judge. And by that, I don’t mean that he was a legal judge in our court system. Rather, I mean he was a judge of his students. Those who took his “Intro to Expository Preaching” class had their outlines, their sermons, their illustrations – really their very souls judged by Prof. Warren. And word was that he could be very, very exacting as a judge.

Having foolishly chosen to take his class, I can now confirm the absolute truth of that hypothesis: Timothy Warren was one tough judge. The first day of class, he got up and said “I don’t give A’s on sermons. You need to know that, and deal with it.” I saw guys have their whole outlines crossed out in front of the entire class. I saw guys leave the room in tears when they were evaluated. I must have re-written my sermon outline a dozen times. When I finally delivered my sermon, he decided I had my hands in my pockets too much, so he had Kelley sew them shut!

He was a tough judge: it was like Devil wears Prada meets the inquisition! OK, not quite that bad. But there were many times in that semester when I wondered what on earth had happened to my lunch companion. I loved Timothy Warren as a lunch companion. I was good with him as a teacher, but I was very uncomfortable with him as a judge.

Now, why do I tell you that story? Simple: Anything that is wrong with my preaching is his fault! Just kidding. I tell you that story, because the way I felt about Timothy Warren is the way that many people might feel about Jesus! We love him as a companion. We’re good with him as a teacher, but the idea of him being a judge just makes us uncomfortable.

As we’re going through this series called “The Real Jesus,” we have discussed many things about Jesus that might make us a bit uncomfortable: everything from Jesus’ true humanity – to his claims of deity – to his proclamation that we need a Savior – to the demanding parts of his teaching. There is plenty there to make us uncomfortable.

But of all the things we’ve spoken about in this series, I think the one thing that is likely to give the most people the most discomfort about Jesus is the idea that Jesus is going to judge us.
Just like it was hard for me to put together lunch buddy Timothy Warren and Judge Timothy Warren, it’s hard for people to put Jesus the healer – Jesus the compassionate teacher – and Jesus the Savior – with Jesus the Judge.

Is that really the way it is? Is Jesus really going to judge us? If so, how is he going to judge us? And why is he, of all people the judge? Well today we are going to talk about that. We are going to talk about Jesus as judge, and we are going to look at those three questions in that order:

  1. Who is the judge?
  2. How will people be judged?
  3. Why is the person that’s the judge the judge?

We’re going to look at those questions today. Let me give you fair warning that we are not going to look at one central passage like we normally do today. Rather, we’re going to be all over our Bibles (fire hose – all over the Bible). So let me encourage you to get a pen and paper and take good notes. I think that will prepare you for some really good discussion in your small groups!

Let me tell you what I want to accomplish today: Today we are going to be looking at some sobering Bible passages. Imagine all the Bible verses on judgment rolled into one sermon. That’s kind of what this sermon is, so it’s kind of sobering. But my goal is not to scare you or depress you. Rather, I want to do two things today:

  1. I want to inform you. Judgment is not something we talk about a lot, but you need to know what’s coming.
  2. I want you to worship, as you see how amazing Jesus is – how uniquely equipped he is to judge – as you see his mercy – I want us to worship.

So today we are looking at three questions about the judgment, and the first is this:

Who? Who will be the judge?

Actually, let me start this point by backing up and saying something very clearly, and that is this: There is actually going to be a Judgment Day. It’s a thing: Judgment Day is not just something from Cowboy and Western Movies. It’s not an invention of Fundamentalist preachers. Scripture clearly teaches that it going to happen.

It’s mentioned in the Old Testament. Daniel 12 says “multitudes who sleep in the dust shall awake, some to everlasting life, and others to shame, and everlasting contempt.”

So it’s mentioned in the Old Testament, but it’s mentioned a lot more in the New Testament.
That may be surprising, because many of us might think of Judgment Day as a kind of Old Testament concept. But the New Testament talks about it far more than the Old Testament does. In fact, every single writer in the New Testament (not every book, but every writer) talks about judgment day. Paul talks about a day when “every mouth will be stopped, and the whole world held accountable before God.” The writer to Hebrews says “it’s appointed to man once to die, and after this the judgment.” James says “be careful how you treat each other; the judge is at the door.” Peter talks about a day when “the earth, and all the works on it will be exposed and judged.” And Jude talks about false teachers being sent into darkness for judgment.

But the person who talks about judgment more than anyone is Jesus. He talks about Judgment day in the beginning of his ministry in the Sermon on the Mount. He talks about it at the end of his ministry in his final discourse. And again and again in his ministry – this time of evaluation – this time of reward for obedience – and punishment for disobedience comes up. There are far too many passages to quote, but let me give you one simple example: In Matthew 16 Jesus says “The Son of Man will come with his angels in glory, and he will repay every person according to his deeds.”

I mention all this just to say that the Bible clearly teaches that a time of judgment is coming. I need to tell you that. It may not be a pleasant thought. It may not be a popular notion. It may be something people want to ignore or even ridicule. But that doesn’t have anything at all to do with whether or not it’s real. The Bible says it’s real – again and again. As your Pastor, I need to be clear about that.

The Bible says that the judge is Jesus. It’s not God the Father, who is going to judge. It’s Jesus.
Jesus says this:

I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
– John 5:25-27

So all this adds up to one simple thing: We are going to be judged, and Jesus is the one to do it. Jesus is the judge. Now the second question is this:

How? How is the judgment going to happen? What will it be like?

Now, there’s a lot that we don’t have time to go into and a lot that I don’t fully understand, but let me give you three points about the nature of the final judgment:

1. Everyone will be judged.

Everyone without exception will stand before Christ on Judgment Day. Scripture specifically teaches this: It says that Jew and Gentile – small and great – living and dead – those who had God’s Word and those who didn’t – will all stand before Christ.

So – unbelievers – those who have not placed their trust in Christ and made him Lord of their lives – will be judged. You’ve probably heard of this: of Hell and of Eternal Punishment. I know you’ve heard a lot of jokes about St. Peter and the pearly gates. I’ve probably told a few of them.

But I need to tell you that the real judgment is no joke! Scripture talks about it a lot. Jesus talks about it a lot. In the book of Revelation, John gives us a picture of it. He says this:

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
This is Christ – who healed the sick, and opened the eyes of the blind finally revealed. And he is so great, so powerful, so terrible that earth and sky flee before him.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books –
15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This is a terrifying scene. I don’t have any pleasure in relaying that to you. I’m not trying to manipulate you by sharing it, but it is something that Scripture talks about over and over again. Unbelievers are going to be judged.

And chances are you probably know that. You may not like it – you might wrestle with it – but chances are you know that. But what you might not know or be clear about is this: Believers are also going to be judged. We’re going to stand before the Lord, and give account for the way we have chosen to invest our lives.

Paul is writing to believers, and he says this:

For we must all 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.
– 2 Corinthians 5:10

We too – as believers, are going to be judged.

Now that may raise for you the same question that it raises for me which is “How does that work? I thought all our sins were forgiven through Jesus, and that we didn’t have to work to get into heaven. I thought the whole point was that we weren’t going to be judged, so how does this judgment work?”

Here’s the way I understand it. First of all, this judgment of believers does not determine where you spend eternity. In John 5:24 Jesus says “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not come into judgment; he has crossed over from death to life.”
Romans 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus”

The judgment isn’t about where you spend eternity – that is determined by your faith and by your coming alive in Christ. But this does determine your reward. Paul calls this “the Day when everyone will receive their praise from God,” so it will determine your reward.

It determines not your punishment, but your loss. It determines your loss. If you were here several weeks ago for our Charter Sunday, we looked at a passage in 1 Corinthians 3 where Paul talked about the things that we as believers choose to build into the church and into our lives. He said there that we can choose to build gold, silver, precious stones or wood, hay, and stubble into our lives. And then he said “Every person’s work will be tried by fire because the Day (Judgment Day) will declare it.” He said “if someone’s work remains, they will receive reward.” “But if it’s burned up – he will suffer loss. He himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through flames.”

And what Paul is saying is this: Not that we’re going to be punished, but that we have the capacity to lose the things we’ve built into our lives. We could lose those moments where we didn’t live for Christ – and where the love of God didn’t flow through us – those moments where we chose to live for ourselves, rather than follow Christ. We could know the loss of having invested our lives in things that don’t matter. We could enter the Kingdom empty-handed. We could have nothing to show for our life on earth when there were so many needs around us.

We’re all going to be judged. That’s the first thing about the nature of the judgment.

2. The Judgment will be thorough

It will include everything about us – whether good or bad. Scripture tells us that every deed we’ve done will be brought to light in judgment. The good things we’ve done when no one was watching: the times we served faithfully, or gave generously, or prayed secretly will matter. And the bad things we’ve done when no one was watching: they will matter too.

Scripture tells us that every word we’ve spoken will come into judgment. The good words that we have spoken – the times that we have shared truth – and love – and encouragement with others – the times that we have praised God – the songs that we have just sung – will matter.
Every “Amen” in a sermon will be rewarded. (Someone say “amen!”)

Our bad words will matter as well. In fact, Jesus said we will give an account even for the idle words that we speak – the thoughtless words. The reason for that is not because Jesus is mean or because he wants us to live in total fear, but because it’s our idle words that reveal our true character. It’s what we say without scheming that shows who we truly are.

The judgment will include not just our words and deeds, but even our motives. The Bible says on that day, Christ “will expose the motives of men’s hearts.”

My point is simply that Christ’s judgment will be thorough. It will include both for good and for bad – everything we’ve done – everything we’ve said – every motive of our heart. It’s going to be thorough. And that means there’s lots of opportunities for loss. But guys, it also means there’s lots of opportunities for reward: Christ knows what it’s like to walk this fallen planet. He knows what temptation is like. And he will reward even moments of obedience that are small – moments that we’ve forgotten about – moments where it just seemed like we were living life, but we were doing it based on him. He will reward those, because the judgment will be thorough.

So (1) everyone will be judged and (2) Judgment will be thorough. The third point is about how?

3. The judgment will be fair

This should be encouraging. I hope this is encouraging and leads you to worship, because it’s something that blew my mind when I studied for this sermon. The judgment will be fair.

Let me explain what I mean: One of the biggest problems that we have with judgment as humans is fairness. Judgment seems scary because we’ve seen so much unfair judgment. I mean it is truly impossible for us to achieve fairness when we judge. Think about it: We don’t always know what the right thing to actually do in a situation is. We don’t always know right from wrong. In addition to that, we can’t always know who did what. We don’t always know exactly who pulled the trigger. We never really have all the facts. DNA testing has taught us that, as we’ve looked at some cases from the past. So we don’t always know the right thing to do from the wrong thing to do, and we don’t always know who did what.

But here’s the thing: Even if we could know what’s right, and could know who did what, we have an even bigger problem with fair judgment, and it’s this: We don’t know how to take environment and circumstances into account. We don’t know where environmental influence ends and personal choice begins. We don’t know how much of someone’s behavior is because of culture and how much is because of choice. We never know that, so we can’t judge fairly.

Let me give you a disturbing example, but an example that makes my point: Until just a few decades ago, some of the rural tribes in Zimbabwe believed that having twin babies was an evil omen. They thought it was bad. So those villages had a cultural practice. If someone had twins, they would take them to the river and drown them.

Now, let me ask you a question: Is that wrong? Yes. Are the people that do that culpable, guilty? Yes. Some parents would refuse to do that, so you know on some level people can know that’s wrong. Is it as wrong for them to do it as it would be for you and me to do it? No, it’s not as wrong. They’ve been taught that those twins are the product of a vengeful spirit – that they will bring harm, and sickness, and death, not just on them as parents, but on the entire village. People have told them that the right thing to do – for the good of your people – is to put those children to death.

Now that’s an awful, evil practice that has been stopped, but it makes a point: We don’t know exactly how to judge the people in that situation. We don’t know where culture ends and choice begins. We can’t. Each village – each family – each situation – is slightly different. See, we know we can’t judge fairly. We have never seen totally fair judgment, and it makes us resistant to the whole idea of judgment.

But let me show you something. Look at what Jesus says. This is in the middle of Jesus’ ministry. Matthew tells us:

Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon (2 Gentile, pagan, sinful cities), they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
– Matthew 11:20-24

Here’s what stuck out to me about Jesus’ judgment as I read that passage: Notice the underlined words in that passage. “Because they would have repented, it will be more bearable in the judgment.” Think about that – that’s mind-blowing! Jesus is saying that judgment will actually be easier for Tyre and Sidon because if they had seen his miracles, they would have repented. In other words, Jesus knows what everybody’s response would be (yours, mine, Tyre’s, Sidon’s, Chorazin, Bethsaida). He knows what everyone’s response would be if our circumstances were all equal, and he’s going to judge us accordingly. He knows the difference between our circumstances and our choices. He knows how much of what we do is because of the environment and how much of what we do is because of our heart. And he’s going to take that into account when he judges.

Now, just to be clear here: Jesus doesn’t say that Tyre and Sidon – and Sodom and Gomorrah – are going to pass through the judgment. He doesn’t say here that everyone in Sodom is going to heaven. What he says is that he will take into account when he judges them what they would have done if they had had the same witness that Israel had.

And my point is just this: that is fair. Jesus truly knows what happened. He truly knows right from wrong. His judgment will cover every deed – every word – every motive. And it will take into account the difference between our heart and our environment. His judgment will be thorough – and fair – and inescapable – and there won’t be any questioning it. Our explanations won’t be needed, and our excuses won’t help.

Before we move on, let me just say one thing: Because Jesus is going to judge so thoroughly, we don’t have to. Did you know that? One of the main reasons that we can forgive people – and let things go – and not hold them to account when they mistreat us – is that no one ever really gets away with anything. They are going to be held to account by a judge who is more just, more knowledgeable, more exacting than we could ever be. Every sin that they have committed and that we have committed will either be repented for and placed under the blood of Jesus or it will be paid for by them. That’s why Paul says “don’t judge anything before the time. Before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things in darkness, and expose the purposes of the heart.” He’s going to judge it all, so we don’t have to. We are free to let it go and leave judgment to him.

So to return to our main points:

  1. The who? is Jesus. He’s the judge.
  2. 2. The How? is that it will be everyone. It will be everything, and it will be fair.

Now there’s one more question and that is:

Why? Why Jesus? Why is he the one who is judging us?”

To quote John 5:25-27 again, why has “the Father given the Son the authority to execute judgment?” Why is Jesus the one? (John 5 from beginning of the fire hose!) In that John 5 passage, John says God gives Jesus that authority because he is “the Son of Man,” but what does that mean?

I think there’s a passage where John kind of shows us what that means and why judgment has been turned over to Jesus. I want to close by looking at that. If you have a Bible, let me ask you to turn over to Revelations 5.

We’re going to read several verses here, so let me set the table for you: This is a scene from the book of Revelation. John – the writer – the same guy that wrote John 5:25 – has been invited up to heaven, to see the things that are going to take place in the future. In chapter 4, he has already encountered in the throne of God the Father. And now in chapter 5, John is going to witness the beginning of God’s judgment. There is a lot of figurative language here, but as we read it, I think we’ll get the main idea that John is putting forth. Let’s start in verse 1. John says:

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne (that’s God the Father) a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.

So they search and search and no one – no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth – in other words no angel, no human, no demon – was found that was worthy to break open these seals and unroll the scroll. I have to say, in general, that’s a good thing because does anyone know, if you’ve read Revelation, what’s going to happen when those seals are opened?
Bad things! Like Zombie apocalypse bad! War and famine – earthquakes and darkness – the sea turned to blood – demon locusts and the Anti-Christ – and the Great White throne. All the stuff you’ve heard of from Revelations is going to happen when those seven seals are opened.

In other words, that scroll represents the judgment of God, starting with the earth and ending in the final judgment that we have been talking about today. So that scroll is like an Atom Bomb. Tou don’t want just anyone to wield it. So it’s no surprise that no one is found who is worthy to open the scroll.

4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

John is weeping because he knows something. He knows that God’s Kingdom – with all its beauty and rightness, and joy – can’t come until that scroll is opened, and judgment has happened, and evil has been destroyed. So he’s weeping. But as he weeps, an elder comes to him and says “We’ve got someone who is worthy to open the seals.” He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, so he’s powerful. And he is the Root of King David, so he has the pedigree.

At this point, I’d be thinking “this must be one bad hombre – right?” He must be like Chuck Norris – and the Rock – and Gandalf all rolled into one! Seriously, I’d be thinking “What must this person be like, if they are able to open those seals and initiate God’s judgment?” Here’s what he’s like:

6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.

Now if we were reading that and we didn’t know who the lamb was – I don’t know about you, but I would be thinking – “Are you kidding me? That’s your guy? A LAMB is going to do this? Not a ram – or even a sheep – but a lamb?” I mean – lambs are not symbols of power and intelligence. They are symbols of vulnerability, and this one looks as if it has already been slain.
Why on earth would that be the guy?

8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, (why? Why is the lamb worthy to execute judgment) because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Why is he worthy to open those seals and unleash all that judgment upon the earth? Three reasons are given:

  1. Because he died. He willingly, sacrificially laid down his life.
  2. Because he died for everyone. With his death, he purchased people from every tribe – every tongue – every people – every nation. He died for everyone with no exceptions: With no regard for their ethnicity – or nationality – or age – or income – or gender. In other words, He died to purchase the forgiveness of the very people he is going to judge, so that they wouldn’t have to come under eternal judgment. He died for you.
  3. Because he has created a kingdom out of those redeemed people, he has created the kingdom of God, with all its beauty, and rightness, and joy.

Now what I want you to see this morning is this: I know that we have looked at some sobering passages and talked about some scary concepts today. I know it can seem heavy, and it is. But I would want you to see that although our God is a holy righteous judge – even in his judgment – we see his mercy.

He has to judge to bring in the Kingdom. He has to make an end of evil in creation and in us. Otherwise that Kingdom will end up broken just like this kingdom! He has to judge!

But notice something: Such is the mercy of the Father that the only one he will allow to judge – is the one who cares about us so deeply that he gave his life so that we don’t have to come under God’s eternal judgment. The Lion of Judah became the lamb who was slain, so that he could redeem you and me – so that he could pay the price for your sin and my sin – so that we could have a place in his Kingdom, and so that like Jesus said “we who believe in him might not come into eternal judgment, but might pass from death to life.”

He gave all he had to give, so that we might have eternal life. So that although our judge is an exacting, and thorough, and fair judge, he is not a disinterested judge. He loves us deeply.

Let’s bow our heads in prayer. There are really only two proper responses to the Scriptures we’ve looked at today and to Revelations 5:

1. The first is simple, but it’s very important: that’s just to make absolutely sure that you are part of the Kingdom of Christ. Have you ever placed your trust in him and asked him to be your Savior and Lord? He died to make the Kingdom possible for you and all you have to do is just confess to him that you are a sinner who needs him as Savior. Just tell him you want to be part of his eternal Kingdom. Maybe you’ve never done that – maybe you’re not sure. Could I just ask you to raise your hand, if that’s something you struggle with?

2. Well Church, I said there was a second proper response as well. The second proper response is Worship. Just close your eyes and listen to what John says in the last four verses of Revelations 5:

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”
The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
– Revelations 5:11-14

Let’s take some time to worship the Lamb.