THE JUDGEMENT SEAT OF JESUS…THE BEMA.
What will you say to JESUS?
As I write to you my imagination finds me alone standing before the God of Creation at a moment in time yet future. A moment when time is no more.
Here I stand, suspended on nothing, naked before the Bema, before the God who is Holy, Holy, Holy. The God of Love, yes but also the God of Justice who required that my life meet not a standard of excellence but of perfection.
Just a millisecond ago I was in my body. Now my body has gone the way of all flesh, back to the dust it was made of. I am what is left. The essence of who I always was and will now continue to be; a soul and spirit made in the image of God. He brought me to life, yet it is I who holds my life now in my own hand.
Then Blazing light enveloped my being as I was drawn upward by a power not my own. My spiritual eyes now accustomed to this light found myself standing before the ONE who called me into existence from eternity past. The ONE who gave me life as He did you with a purpose to fulfill. His purpose, not mine or yours!
No words have been exchanged at this point. Only a gaze between us that seemed timeless. Then, His eyes changed as He looked at me. They became eyes of fire. This light that pierced me, surrounded me, and enveloped me. I found myself falling to my knees before Him and then further down until I lay prostrate before Him. Face down, with my arms outstretched, suspended in space…forming the Cross.
The Book of Life was opened before me, His book, His Autobiography. Scriptures poured forth from it swirling around me. As my life unfolded before me, verses came forth and applied themselves to every scene of my life. The verses I had memorized came forth to join the ones that poured forth from His Word.
Now it was Scripture, the very words of God that were judging my every act, my every thought…the motives of my heart. Up until now no words had come out of my mouth. I only watched this shared vision of my life before JESUS. Then I heard His voice speak. His words lifted me upright before HIM. It was now my turn to speak on my behalf…………………………..
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