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May 23 – Judgment day 

“But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly … But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” – 2 Peter 3:7-10 

Scripture reading: Matthew 25:1-13; 31-46

People today have the idea that Jesus was all about love and acceptance. However, a plain reading of the Gospels reveals that the topic He spoke about most, was the coming Day of Judgment and the need to repent and believe.

Acts 17:31 says, God “has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 says “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

On the day of His return, we will all stand before the judgment throne of Christ. Matthew 25 describes Judgment Day as a great separation – the sheep are placed on His right and the goats on His left. The sheep are then welcomed into the eternal kingdom, while the goats are banished to eternal punishment.

The parable of the foolish virgins represents all who profess faith in Christ. The oil represents the Holy Spirit, and half of the virgins did not possess Him. There will be some/many on Judgment Day who were self-deluded, but to whom Jesus will say, “I never knew you.” This is a sobering warning. Have you truly repented of your sins and believed in Christ for the forgiveness of your sins? And does this reveal itself in that you are living for Jesus?

Suggestions for prayer

Thank the Lord for showing you His grace in Christ. Pray that He would convert any in your congregation who do not yet truly know Him as Saviour and Lord.

Rev. Andre Holtslag is a graduate of Mid-America Reformed Seminary in Dyer, Indiana (2007). At the present time he serves the Reformed Church of Avondale, which is in the city of Auckland, New Zealand, and is one of the Reformed Churches in New Zealand (RCNZ). Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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