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Thought for the weekend: No secrets on day of judgment

By Rev Gareth Burke

Over this past week a great deal of discussion has taken place regarding our MLAs and the whole issue of expenses. Two BBC Spotlight programmes examined the expenses claims of numerous Assembly members and declared that there were some dubious things happening at Stormont.

Now, it’s not for me to comment on whether I think these allegations are correct or not, especially in the light of the fact that the police have now got involved in investigating the whole situation.

However, the whole debate does raise an interesting issue — scrutiny.

Would you like your life to be scrutinised? Would you like an investigator to look into your life and to examine how you have conducted yourself, financially or otherwise?

Have you any secrets that you would prefer others didn’t hear about?

Some years ago there was a popular TV programme entitled ‘This is your Life’. On the programme the lives of celebrities were revealed to all except that, from recollection, most of the lives were somewhat edited. Just the good bits were on display. Most of us could cope with that kind of presentation. However, a ‘warts and all’ presentation of who we are is something we would probably shrink away from.

The solemn thing is that the Bible tells us that on the day when Jesus comes again our lives are going to be laid bare in his presence and our words, actions and deeds fully revealed to others.  In 1 Corinthians 4:5 we are told: ‘Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts’.

As I consider that day — the day of Jesus’ return — I am immediately troubled. The pictures given to us in the Bible of what the day will be like are simply frightening.

However, that initial fear subsides when I remember that Jesus Christ, the judge of all the earth, is my saviour. 

I can contemplate the great day of judgment knowing that the one who will sit upon the throne on that day is none other than Jesus Christ, the son of God, who in his life and death has dealt with all my sin. 

This comfort can also be yours if, by faith, you trust in him as your saviour.

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