Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 9 - X-rays and the Judgement Seat

January 14, 2015
Day 9

Just mull on this:

"A new form of radiation was discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen, a German physicist. He called it X-radiation to denote its unknown nature. This mysterious radiation had the ability to pass through many materials that absorb visible light. X-rays also have the ability to knock electrons loose from atoms. Over the years these exceptional properties have made X-rays useful in many fields, such as medicine and research into the nature of the atom.

Eventually, X-rays were found to be another form of light. Light is the by-product of the constant jiggling, vibrating, hurly-burly of all matter.

Like a frisky puppy, matter cannot be still. The chair you are sitting in may look and feel motionless. But if you could see down to the atomic level you would see atoms and molecules vibrating hundreds of trillions of times a second and bumping into each other, while electrons zip around at speeds of about a million miles per hour.

When charged particles collide--or undergo sudden changes in their motion--they produce bundles of energy called photons that fly away from the scene of the accident at the speed of light. In fact they are light, or electromagnetic radiation, to use the technical term. Since electrons are the lightest known charged particle, they are most fidgety, so they are responsible for most of the photons produced in the universe." (http://chandra.harvard.edu/xray_astro/xrays.html)

What's that quote about?

Some of us fret about the judgment seat. We imagine a video streaming of all our bloopers. We shudder. We know this will not rival the "Funniest Home Video" TV show! Instead we imagine people turning towards us with a look of utter disgust. "Did you just see that?" they will say horrified by what we thought no one would ever see.  This is a quintessential living nightmare.

Hence the quote above. 

You do not experience shame when a physician, with your X-Ray in hand, shows you your problem. Instead, now you know what is wrong and consequently you are now able to be helped, fixed. There is no shame in this exchange between you and your doctor. There might be sadness at what is revealed but now the unknown, the problem, can be healed. 

Now, Fast Forward to the hour of Judgment.  Jesus' radiation on that day will pass through the physical and the spiritual. The Illuminator of all illuminators will reveal the condition of our soul; what's what and what's not. We will stand amazed at our justification despite us. We will stand in awe of His grace despite us. His Light will not bring shame, it will bring relief.  

At this moment, the Judgment Day, we will understand the parables in full especially the one where the person is forgiven an immeasurable debt. We will fall at Jesus' knees grateful for His severe mercy. His Light illuminating the extreme difference between us and Him will bring no Shame on that day. His Light will be relief, just like an X-ray to a man who wants to be healed.
(Photo Credit: Me)