Saturday, March 11, 2006

Slobodan Milosevic’s Likely Fate

Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic, died today in prison as a result of his leading role in the Serbian ethnic cleansing campaign that saw thousands of Kosovo Albanians killed during the 1990s. For all his bluster, butchery and self-important preening, Mr. Milosevic ended up at the same place that is decreed by God for everyone: “…man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27 NIV).

The awesome thing about God's Gospel is this: God punished Jesus Christ for every life that Slobodan Milosevic butchered. Jesus took Milosevic's punishment - the beatings, the humiliation and the nails through the body. If during his life Milosevic failed to acknowledge Jesus’ death as a substitute for his own, the fate of the “rich man” in the following parable is Milosevic’s position today:

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, `Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' But Abraham replied, `Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' He answered, `Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father's house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' "Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' `No, father Abraham,' he said, `but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' (Luke 16:19-31 NIV)

Since it is appointed to everyone to die once and then to face the judgment, I urge every reader of this blog to ask themselves the same question that I proposed for Slobodan Milosevic above. Are you the ‘rich man’ above? Have you accepted that Jesus was punished for every one of your bad deeds as well? If not you will have to answer for them personally (just like the "rich man").


Lisa said...

Prayerfully this message will bring people to the awareness that the LORD JESUS CHRIST loves all of us enough to have bore all of our sins on the cross and that this revelation will bring them to a place of making a confession that JESUS CHRIST is their LORD AND SAVIOR. The Bible is clear that we are "saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ" for He who "knew NO SIN became sin for us". May the message of Salvation come forth through this blog.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry but you both are far off the mark on this one.

God did not punish Jesus Christ for the terrible sins of Slobodan Milosevic. The only way this could have happened is if Slobodan Milosevic had become saved prior to his death.

The punishment that Jesus Christ endured at the cross was only for the elect, those who have become saved, the true believers. The true believers will therefore not have to stand before God at the Judgment Throne because Jesus Christ has already endured the judgment on their behalf.

Jesus Christ did not stand before the Judgment Throne of God and found guilty and suffered the equivalent of eternal damnation for all mankind. If that was the case we would all end up in Heaven. If Christ became sin for all mankind no one would end up in hell, which would make a mockery of the entire Gospel.

I know you will be quick to quote 2 Corinthian 5:21 or Isaiah 53:6 (but read on to Isaiah 53:11 & 12 and pay attention to the word "MANY"). You must understand that in the context where it says "The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all"; that ALL means all the true believers. (Note also John 3:16....."that whosoever believeth in Him" and John 5:24, that those who believe on Him do not come into judgment, but have passed from death unto life.

So Jesus Christ did not suffer eternal damnation for Mr Milosevic (assuming he was not a true believer,he never became saved). Mr Milosevic will have to personally stand at The Judgment Throne of God on that last day, where he must answer for every sin he ever committed which will be multitudinous, and he will be condemned to eternal damnation.

Lisa said...

When Christ was on the Cross He did not say, "forgive the believers for they know not what they do". He said, "forgive them for they know not what they do". I believe that Christ shed his blood for the sins existing but only those who then repent of their sins and accept the gift of life He offers by accepting him as Lord and Savior, are then reconciled back to the Father and have are now believers.

I believe the essential goal should not be to debate the Word but rather to bring all to the awareness that Christ loves them enough to have paved a way for their deliverance, salvation and relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- to live life abundantly here on earth and everlasting life in Heaven.

Peter Shaw said...

A response to "Anonymous" from the Bible:

1 Timothy 2:5-6 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time.

Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass (Adam) was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness (Christ) was justification that brings life for all men. (Parenthesis mine)

2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

A God who sends people to Hell?