Judgment Sermon Illustrations

Judgment Sermon Illustrations

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What Then?

When the great, busy plants of our cities Shall have turned out their last finished work,
When the merchants have sold their last order
And dismissed every last tired clerk, When our banks have raked in their last dollar
And have paid out their last dividend, When the Judge of the earth wants a hearing
And asks for a balance—WHAT THEN?

When the choir has sung its last anthem And the preacher has voiced his last prayer,
And the people have heard their last sermon
And the sound has died out in the air, When the Bible lies closed on the altar
And the pews are all empty of men. When each one stands facing his record.
And the great Book is opened—WHAT THEN?

When the actors have played their last drama,
And the mimic has made his last fuii. When the movie has flashed its last pic­ture
And the billboard displayed its last run,
When the crowd seeking pleasure has vanished
And gone out in the darkness again,
When the trumpet of ages has sounded And we stand before HIM—WHAT THEN?

When the bugle-calls sinks into silence And the long marching columns stand still,
When the captain repeats his last orders And they've captured the last fort and hill;
When the flag has been hauled from the masthead,
All the wounded afield have checked in.
And the world that rejected its Saviour
Is asked for a reason—WHAT THEN?—J. W. Green.

Another Lesson in Swift Judgment

Mr. George Whale, the chairman of the Rationalist Press Association, fell dead last night after a ruthless attack on the dogmas of the Christian religion. "The light," he said, "from some providential spirit or Holy Ghost is said to have guided the Church for some nineteen hundred years. It has not come, and when it does come I venture to suggest it will not have the dazzling effect of the light that fell on the apostle on his way to Damascus—the light that left him dazzled for the rest of his life." Two hundred and seventeen guests present greeted his words with appreciative laughter. In a few moments there were only hushed whispers and awe-stricken faces. It was seen that Mr. Whale had collapsed in his chair, and in the instant silence his strangled breathing was the only sound. Doctors rushed to his side. and he was carried from the room dying. The dinner was to have been followed by dancing, and at the moment Mr. Whale was being carried from the banqueting hall the orchestra could be heard tuning up their instruments in the next room. It was announced that the dance would be abandoned. Women in evening frocks and men who were about to partner them in fox-trots stood about awkwardly. Although it was not officially announced that Mr. Whale was dead, the news spread from one group to another until the whole gathering slowly dispersed.—From the London Daily Express, May 5, 1925, and quoted in The Dawn, June, 1925, where the item is reproduced verbatim from the Daily Express.

A Blasphemer Judged

A few months after the baptism of several persons, a wicked young man took a sheep to the same place in the stream, and with fearful oaths swore he could baptize as well as the preacher. The shore of the stream was a very gradual slope, so there was no apprehension of danger from deep water. Three of his comrades stood on the shore and witnessed his blasphemous performance. Taking the sheep in, and holding it by its fore feet, he pronounced the formula of baptism, and as he leaned over to immerse the sheep, the animal struck him with its hind feet, knocking him into deep water where he was drowned, while his comrades stood looking on. When asked why they did not try to save him, they were perfectly helpless and could not stir. Let not the tongue be given to blasphemy.—Selected.

The World's Food Shortage

Says the Christian Herald: "A recent gathering in London of agricultural experts discussed the problem of the growing loss of fertility in the soil of the world which threatens a very serious food shortage. Every year in all but a few countries, the lack of strength in the soil is becoming more apparent, and deserts are spreading in all the five continents where once were tracts of fertile land. The value of food lost to the world every year by soil erosion cannot be estimated, but must run into many millions of dollars." In Psalm 107:33, 34 we read that God "turneth a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein."—Pentecostal Evangel.

Jesus, the Righteous Judge

A criminal who had once been before the courts was scheduled to appear once more. He rejoiced when he heard that an attorney who had defended him on previous occasions was now the trial judge. His attitude changed, however, when the judge stated, "When I was an attorney I defended you, but I am no longer an attorney. It is not my business now to defend, but to judge. I shall hear the evidence, and then I must deal with you in keeping with the oath I have taken in the office of judge."

Jesus came once to this earth as Saviour. He is even now at the right hand of God as our Intercessor, our Advocate with the Father. But the day is coming when He will return as Judge. As Judge He must perform His duty in keeping with the nature of His office.—Open Windows.

Others' Sins

During a revival a young man said frankly that he did not wish to be a Christian. When asked for his reason, he replied, "Several years ago I was in a man's kitchen. He finding me there, swore at me and kicked me out. He was a professing Christian, and from that time I decided never to have anything to do with religion. And I never have to this day." The young man was asked to write down his reason in full and sign it. Then it was handed back to him with the words, "Take this, and when you are asked for your excuse on the day of judgment, hand this up." The young man saw his folly and came to Christ that night.

Are you letting the sins of others keep you from giving your heart to Jesus? Don't be so foolish—for it will not stand the test of the judgment day.—The Dawn.

Why They Were Safe

A minister, while crossing the Bay of Biscay, became greatly alarmed as he beheld what he thought was an approaching hurricane. Trembling, he addressed himself to one of the sailors: "Do you think she will be able to go through it?" "Through what?" inquired the sailor. "That awful hurricane that is coming down upon us." The old sailor smiled and said: "That storm will never touch us. It has passed us already." So, in regard to the believer, judgment as to the penalty of our sins is past. We were tried, condemned, and executed in the person of our Surety, Jesus Christ.The King's Business.

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