I appreciate the sentiment of this meme, but I actually believe the Bible suggests otherwise.
The depth of humanity’s depravity is much greater than something that can be fixed with mere knowledge of reality. It requires submission; the kind of submission that Jesus called for when He invited individuals into His Kingdom: “Deny yourself; take up your cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
The truth is, simply knowing Who Jesus is isn’t enough – it helps – but our eternal destiny requires more. Specifically, it requires our despairing of our own way, and our submission to Him and His way.
Truth be told, there will be many who believe they know the right things about Jesus who will be gravely undone on the day they meet Him face to face. Many will recognize and acknowledge Him on that day as “Lord”. But Jesus warns us, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
The fact of the matter is, our human heart is so corrupt and bent on doing things our own way, that even should we say we know Who Jesus is, we would still vehemently resist submitting to Him. We would still not want to love our enemies; not want to stop coveting; we would still want to hold grudges; we would still want unfettered freedom to determine our own way; we would resent His input into our lives; we’d want to spurn His redirection of our hearts.
In the end, when Jesus returns, the whole unbelieving world will still be opposed to Him and His way (Psalm 2:1-3). They will not hate homosexuality any more than they do now. They will not despise their nationalism anymore than they do today. They will not love the poor any more than they did while they feasted through their lives (ala. the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31) They will not think any higher about wanting to give Him love and praise. And when consigned to their tragic eternal destiny, they will remain in that accursed, angry, defiant state forever. (That indeed is hell…)
This is how bent our soul is under the curse. This is how prevalent its power is over our hearts. This is how badly we need a cross in Christianity. The Lord calls us into His Kingdom! And in order for us to live there we need to apply a cross to our own.
JSB • March, 2022