It is appointed unto man one to die and then the judgment. That’s what the Bible states. And, one year ago yesterday Michael Jackson, the king of pop, died suddenly and unexpectedly and stood immediately before the King of kings and was judged.
Believers in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ who have received His forgiveness and worship Him as God (which He is) and serve Him with their whole hearts honoring Him in all their ways (having made him Lord and Savior recognizing He is the only way to Heaven) are not judged for their sins as they have all been forgiven and the penalty has been paid by the Lord when He shed His blood on the Cross of Calvary. They are, however, judged for the good works that God prepared and planned for them to accomplish in His Name (Ephesians 2:20). These good works see us doing what He did in His ministry during His three years leading up to the Cross and Good Friday – Easter Sunday (John 14:12).
But, non-believers, the instant they die face judgment for their sins because they have condemned themselves by refusing to believe on the only One who offers forgiveness and life – Jesus. The Lord said this Himself immediately following the most famous and well-known verse in the Bible, John 3:16. Let’s look at it for a minute.
John 3:16-21 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
Belief (total trust) in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life is the way to be forgiven and to enter into Heaven. Failure to acknowledge Jesus and accept his sacrificial death on the Cross on our (your) behalf means we have condemned ourselves to an eternity in Hell without Christ and the love of the Father. Good works will not get you there – even the good works that have been attributed to Michael Jackson. Nothing counts except knowing Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. And, regretfully, having grown up as a Jehovah Witness and then converting to the Mormon faith Michael was not a born again believer and thus the king of pop stood before the King of kings and was judged for his sins as all unbelievers – even religious ones – are.
Yesterday thousands of fans flew from all over the world to walk past where Michael Jackson was buried. Others worldwide celebrated his life and legacy in numerous ways. I hope someone was there letting them know, either by preaching or through literature, that there are two things they need to know and two things they need to do to have a personal relationship with the living God through Jesus Christ His Son and thus be assured of a place in Heaven when we die.
Two things we need to know:
1> That God loves and that He loves everyone equally. And in this love He wills that all people would be saved or born again so they can spent now and forever in a relatiosnhip with Him. Their choice.
2> That like all those who are in love He gives a gift to us -the gift of His Son to die on the cross for the forgiveness of our personal sins to open the way for this personal relationship.
Two things we need to do:
1> Believe in Him (Romans 10:9-10) which means to totally trust Him in all areas of your life and recognize that He is the only way into Heaven and not one of many ways.
2> Receive from Him the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b and John 17:3) which is a personal relationship with Him now and forever.
As far as we know Michael Jackson did not believe and did not receive. The Jehovah Witnesses and the Mormons do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed and declared by the Bible. So, one year ago yesterday, the king of pop stood before the King of kings and faced eternity without having his sins forgiven and washed clean. Really not something to celebrate nor a life worth following regardless of his accomplishments. Really just simply a sad man who needed to find true meaning and purpose in a personal relationship with the living God and failed to do so.