I was listening to a James MacDonald Sermon yesterday on the radio.

He was talking about how he always thought that when scripture says, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.”  it meant that once unbelievers see Jesus they will be like, “Oh, I see now and He was there all the time and I never saw Him.”

Pastor James went on to say, “It’s not like that at all! Just like in their life on earth they denied Christ and never repented or recognized Him as God neither will they when He returns. Unbelievers will be forced to their knees; they will not go down willingly.” That’s why there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth, because in life that is what they were doing…gnashing their teeth, rejecting God. They will remain in that state for eternity-eternally rejecting God.

I haven’t searched the scriptures about it yet, and I am not sure I agree but I thought it was interesting. I had never heard that take on it before.

Advertisements

About 5 years ago I heard the story of Blaise Pascal’s encounter with God and of the note he wrote about it and sewed into his coat pocket. I was so blessed to find it tonight again and marvel 🙂

Pascal’s Vision

When he was 31 years old, less than eight years before his death, Pascal had an overwhelming experience of the presence of God. He apparently made hasty notes, during the vision or immediately afterwards, so that he might always have at hand a reminder of what had happened to him. He transcribed these onto a piece of parchment and sewed it into the lining of his coat, where his servant found it after his death. There is no evidence of his having mentioned the experience to anyone while he lived. The parchment reads as follows (Bible references added; translation by Emile Caillet and John C. Blankenagel, Great Shorter Works of Pascal, Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1948):

Memorial

In the year of grace, 1654,
On Monday, 23rd of November, Feast of St Clement, Pope and Martyr,

And others in the Martyrology,

Vigil of St Chrysogonus, Martyr, and others,
From about half past ten in the evening until about half past twelve,

Fire!

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob, (Ex 3:6; Mt 22:32)
Not of the philosophers and scholars.
Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace.
God of Jesus Christ.
“Thy God and my God.” (Jn 20:17)
Forgetfulness of the world and of everything, except God.
He is to be found only in the ways taught in the Gospel.
Greatness of the Human Soul.
“Righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee,

But I have known Thee.” (Jn 17:25)
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
I have separated myself from Him.
“They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters.” (Jn 2:13)
“My God, wilt Thou leave me?” (Mt 27:46)
Let me not be separated from Him eternally.
“This is eternal life,

That they might know Thee, the only true God,

And Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” (Jn 17:3)

Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ

I have separated myself from Him:
I have fled from Him,
denied Him,
crucified Him.
Let me never be separated from Him.
We keep hold of Him only by the ways taught in the Gospel.

Renunciation, total and sweet.
Total submission to Jesus Christ and to my director.
Eternally in joy for a day’s training on earth.
“I will not forget thy words.” (Ps 119:16) Amen.