The news media said that Cam Newton’s (quarterback for Panthers) dream season ended with a nightmare performance. Newton was stymied by an aggressive Denver Broncos defense and didn’t get much help from his own offensive line which allowed him to be sacked seven times. Newton overthrew wide receivers and generally ran for his life and could never establish a running game. The Denver Broncos won the 50th Super Bowl with a score of 24 to 10. Also, it was quite obvious to me that Newton had a problem with his ego and needed a lesson in humility. He got that lesson and didn’t leave with his usual strut and swagger. He acted like a sore loser and walked out of a three-minute press conference wearing a hoodie over his head.
What a nightmare performance each person is going to have at the Judgment Day if they refuse to obey the gospel plan of salvation! After our lives end on this earth the Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this comes the judgment” (Heb. 9:27).
In Matthew 25, we have the story of the wise and foolish virgins with the foolish experiencing a nightmare performance also. Jesus said a girl was going to get married, and she had ten bridesmaids. The bridegroom tarried in his coming, and they all went to sleep. About midnight the cry went forth, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh.” The girls awakened and began to trim their lamps. The wise had plenty of oil, but the foolish didn’t have enough. Their lamps were about to go out and they said to the wise, “Give us of your oil.” The wise said, “We can’t, because we would not have enough for ourselves.” So the foolish left and went to buy some more oil. While they were gone, the bridegroom took his bride and the five wise bridesmaids to his father’s house. They shut the door, had the marriage ceremony and then the marriage feast. The five foolish girls came later, heard music inside, and rapped on the door and said, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” What a nightmare performance on their part when they couldn’t get in!
This is a picture of the judgment. Many people at the judgment, recognizing that they are going to be lost eternally will say, “Lord, open up and let me in.” The time for accepting the Lord’s invitation is now while we live and not trying to do so at the judgment (Matt. 11:28-30). It will truly be a nightmare performance to try to accept Christ as our savior then.
The Bible says that there will be plenty of nightmare confessions on that day to no avail, because “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus Christ” (Phil. 2:10-11). Wouldn’t it be better for you to say now, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God” than to be forced by God to say it on the day of judgment.
What a nightmare performance many in denominational churches will have at the judgment day, because they have followed human devised schemes of redemption. According to Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus will say to them, “I never knew you.”
What’s the problem? They have religion but not the religion ordained by God. When our religion is tried by fire and the storm of judgment sweeps across your religion, will it stand? Is it authorized? Is it ordained by the scriptures, or is it something built upon the foundation of men? Your religion and mine will be tested at the judgment day. The only religion that will stand is the one in harmony with the teachings of the New Testament. All other religions will have a nightmare performance at God’s Super Bowl of all times! (Rev. 20:12)