The Judgment of this World
by Pastor E. Keith Hassell | October 1, 2017John 12:31 NKJV “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
In April 1912 two thousand two hundred and twenty four passengers boarded the greatest luxury liner ever built up to that time as it embarked on its maiden voyage from England to New York City. Its name was the Titanic. The ship was almost three football fields in length and could carry up to 46,328 tons of passengers and cargo. It had a double-bottomed hull, divided into sixteen watertight compartments. Because four of these compartments could be flooded with water without causing the ship to sink, the ship was considered unsinkable. One comment made was, “Not even God could sink this ship!” So confident were they of this that lifeboats were only available for about half of its passengers. The ship was fitted with this world’s finest food, fun, finery, and pleasure. It was a showcase of what man could achieve and what this world could offer.
Icy waters lay to the north and advisories to take a more southerly route were given. Because the ship’s captain wanted to set record time for crossing the Atlantic and because it was believed that icebergs posed no danger to the ship, the advisories were ignored. Shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912 the Titanic struck an iceberg that ripped a three hundred foot gash in its side---flooding five of its sixteen watertight compartments. The unthinkable had happened. The unsinkable Titanic was going down! Because the ship was believed to be unsinkable, many did not realize the peril they were in. While they partied, they were on the verge of perishing. Within two and one half hours after it struck the iceberg, the mighty Titanic sank below the icy waters. The total number of people who died that fateful night was one thousand five hundred and thirteen.
In the same way Satan, captain of the World Party Liner, has promised all that this world has to offer. Multitudes upon multitudes have boarded this ship headed for what they believe will be the good life—the ultimate party. No one seems to realize that the ship’s pleasures are nothing but intoxication to keep its passengers from realizing that it actually is a slave vessel on its way to the prison of hell. But God loved us so much that two thousand years ago He ordained that Satan’s slave vessel would find itself on a collision course with the Cross of Jesus Christ. At that moment this world was judged. This world is going down! Like a prisoner on death row who has been judged but still awaits execution, this world has been judged but awaits its final destruction. It is only a matter of time before it sinks down into the eternal flames of the lake of fire. Meanwhile its drunken passengers cannot discern that the ship is listing to the left. They are too intoxicated to sense the danger. Because Satan has so convinced them that his ship is unsinkable, its passengers continue to party even as they perish. Others sense the danger. They know that although the world still parties, it is just a matter of time before it all ends. They are looking for a way off the ship. Thankfully, God has dispatched the heavenly Ark of Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ. All who call upon His name will be saved. As their faith secures them a place on this Ark of Christ, God pleads with the saved to use whatever precious time is left to warn and rescue others before it is too late.
Are you building a future on a sinking ship? Are you partying until you perish or are you busy trying to save yourself and others? Don’t listen to the jeers of those intoxicated by this world. Listen for the cries of those wanting to be saved. This world has been judged. It is going down. Remember, it is just a matter of time.
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, help me to always remember that no matter how alluring this world may become, it is passing away. Only those who do the will of God last forever. Thank You for sending Jesus to rescue me from perishing in hell and the fiery flames of the lake of fire. Use me as Your hands today to rescue others who need to call upon Your name before it is eternally too late. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”