On November 13 of 2017, Newsweek posted an article by Kristin Hugo. It discussed a Russian company that was going to try freezing living humans in hopes that they could awaken them when science eventually found a cure for their disease. I don’t think they ever got the green light. However, there are people who were cryopreserved after death.
As I was preparing to write this month’s article, I couldn’t help but think of this story headline. What does Matthew 12:36 have to do with people being frozen alive? In this article, you will find out as I cover the terrain found in the book of Matthew. We are in a five-part series that will end in June of this year (2019). In March, I covered comparing good and evil to see the difference; February, I covered listening exposes what is in the heart; January, I covered why every man-made movement will fail. This month I am covering the unavoidable accountability to our Creator.
1. No one can escape this day
“I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” Matthew 12:36
When those bodies are cryopreserved, I promise you that everyone, before they died, hoped that one day they would live again (hency why they were cryopreserved). There is no doubt some of them are unbelievers. Not wanting to deal with the finality of death is one way to avoid the obvious. Having to give account to the God created is another.
Matthew 12:36 shows us the reality of this terrorizing thought. Everyone is going to have to give an account. Not some people, not just those who—from the world’s perspective—decided to become Christians. No. Everybody must give an account, and there will be none that get passed over.
In today’s fast pace society, no one really takes the time to contemplate those ten words in scripture. Every boy, every girl, every mom, every dad, every plumber, every electrician, every yoga instructor, every physical therapist, everyone will give account to God for every thought, word, and deed. Are you ready? This should cause everyone to tremble.
2. The judgment of a God who knows all things
I was talking with an unbeliever one day at the gym. He looked me straight in the eyes and asked, “Tommy, do you think God knows everything I do?” I had the great honor of reminding my friend of God’s truth from Psalms 139:4: “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”
Coming to terms with God’s infinitude is important. What God has known, He has Known for all eternity. You can’t teach God anything new. He does not learn things like you and I. He has never taken classes at the local community college. This is what it means to be infinite in His knowledge and to be immutable in His being. God needed nothing to complete Himself because this triune God has never lacked anything.
This is the God every one of us is going to stand before on that amazing day the Bible calls judgment day.
3. Every empty word will be turned upside down
If you take an empty cup and turn it upside down, no harm, no foul. However, the great God of all creation looks at our empty words in a completely different way. Listen to the instruction of James 3:6, the half-brother of Jesus tells us, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.”
I don’t care. I hate you. Shut up! You are so stupid! It was just a little white lie. You are so fat and ugly.
The list can go on and on, but you get the picture. Words carry serious weight. Once you squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube, you can’t get it back in.
Careless words hurt others and condemn the unbeliever on judgment day. Christian, if you are like me, as I type this I am being convicted where I wield the sword of my words hurtfully to my own shame and sin. May the scripture bring me and all others to greater repentance. May we wake tomorrow and be more careful with one of the most powerful tools God has given to man: the tongue.
The people that have spent thousands of dollars to have their bodies cryopreserved will awake one day, not to life as usual, but they will be standing before a holy God who will demand them to give an account for every thought, word, and deed, and so will everyone who is reading this article.
I plead with you while there is still time to come to Jesus in repentance and faith and be forgiven. Your life is not an empty cup. It is full of sin that will condemn you for all eternity if you don’t find forgiveness in Jesus.
Believer, may God the Holy Spirit give you the renewed strength to rein in your tongue for His glory. Go out and proclaim the gospel to see a life transformed. Remember, the truth worth proclaiming is the truth that transforms.
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