THE STORY OF JESUS: Luke 13:28-30
“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth…” (Luke 13:28)
Jesus is still speaking about those who thought they were ‘saved’.
He describes a scene where people from all times and places gather.
It will be a huge feast and celebration, and Jesus will welcome each one.
But there will be some not celebrating, not enjoying God’s lavish grace.
These will be the ones who never really let go of their selfishness.
They were never really drawn by grace, or attracted to love.
Like Judas, they were with Jesus, but their hearts were not.
Like Judas, they will experience deep sorrow, but not humble remorse.
Their sorrow will be mixed with anger (gnashing of teeth, Acts 7:54).
Being saved is more than getting out of ‘hell’ and into ‘heaven’.
It is being saved from selfisness, greed, lust and pride.
According to Jesus, some ‘believers’ have not really rejected these.
These are the ones who will be hugely disappointed on the last day.
What we seek now will be what we receive for eternity – will we be happy?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, if we don’t embrace selfless love now, why would we want it for eternity? Help me to see that what I seek now will be what I receive for eternity.