The Worst Surprise

14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost (1 Thessalonians 2).

The most shocked people in the world will be those who thought they were serving God, but in the end (at death—when it really counts and there is no remedy) learned they were not. It is they who will experience the worst surprise of all time. All manner of religions will be among them, for it may not be just to so-called Christians to whom Jesus will say: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:23).

Even before the end of their life has come, it is as though God’s “wrath has come upon them” already. They are an accursed lot, with no hope—heaven and earth simply waiting for their inevitable demise. These who were “not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men,” will experience the full weight of divine displeasure and hostility upon them.

Lord, thank You for your grace in our lives, that never will experience Your wrath. Help us This Day to warn others about it. Amen.