A young man was playing by the river bank. He got swept away by the fast flowing river in no time. He was no swimmer at all and just bobbed up and down the water. In between shallowing the murky water, he shouted for help and got the attention of a man who was strolling by the river. The man wasted no time. He jumped in the murky water and rescued the young man from drowning. The young man and his family were very thankful. A few months later, the young man got in trouble with the law. He was charged with a break and enter crime and brought before the court. The presiding judge at the court recognized the young man from somewhere. The young man equally recognized the judge. It was the same man who had pulled him out of the murky water. The young man told the judge that he was sorry for the crime and asked for forgiveness. The Judge replied, 'I saved you from drowning and I expected you to live a decent life. Today, I am your judge and you deserve to be punished. You will be sent away to a juvenile detention.'
The above story illustrates what Jesus will do to those who have turned from his free gift of salvation. He came as saviour, two housand years ago but He is coming as Judge to demand of us what we have done with his free pardon. Every person will give an account. As you enter the new year, think of how you can improve your accounting to Jesus and let this be your new year's resolution.
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