47 and if anyone should hear My words and not keep them, I do not judge him, for I did not come in order to judge the world, but that I might save the world.
48 The person who ignores Me and does not receive My words he has one who judges him; the word which I spoke will judge him on the last day.
No doubt we have all been in situations where we have taken a course of action that we have been warned against taking. This is usually because those warning us against that action can see and know that the consequences are bad. Therefore they do not want us to suffer them.
However, we continue with our chosen course and suffer the end result. Occasionally, those who warned us may: “I told you so”.
Jesus gives us all a warning as to what will happen to anyone who ignores His word, and it is that we have to face judgement.
No one likes the idea of judgement, and many refuse to believe that there is a judgement to come. Part of that judgement will be based on what we have done about the words of Jesus that He has spoken and made known to us.
Therefore, we cannot ignore what Jesus has said. His words are recorded for us in the Bible. Therefore, it is vitally important for every believer to get to know God’s word.
God has spoken to us through the Bible so that we can avoid judgement. He does not want anyone to face judgement. The revelation of God in Jesus is that He: desires that all men be saved and come into a knowledge of the truth – 1 Timothy 2.4.
God’s word also tells us that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn or judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him (John 3.17).
Judgement comes not because God wants us to be lost and go to Hell. It comes because mankind ignores what God has said and done to rescue us from condemnation.
God tells us in the Bible: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus – Romans 8.12 (NLT).
Today, let us be determined to believe and accept God’s word.