Jud 1:14b-15 …“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, (15) to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
I read recently that a little girl asked her mother, “Where are all the wicked people buried?” Her mother asked her why she had such a question. The little girl replied, “Because in the cemetery I play by, I only see on the gravestones good things said.”
And so it is. Justification by death. It seems that all a person needs to do is to die and those who survive inevitably pronounce him in heaven, better off, in a better place, a man who was good at heart.
But the Lord promises His people vindication. He promises to deal out retributive justice to their oppressors. And we are meant to be encouraged by those promises. The wicked who hate the Lord and hate God’s people are not going to “a better place.” Their destiny is certain. It is forever. And it is a place to which the Bible gives very intense, frightening, and terrible names. Such is eternally cast out of the presence of the Lord.
Yes, at many funerals I have thought, “Gee, I should have gotten to know him better…I never realized he was so good!” Seriously, I HAVE thought this very thing.