Last Judgement by Michelangelo, in the Sistine Chapel.
Luke 6:43-4543 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of."
Oh, if only the walls had eyes. The very real and very honestly depicted saints of the Bible would be watching the The Last Judgement fresco by Michelangelo on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The Second Coming of Christ and the final and eternal judgment by God of all humanity.
All the saints would see Biagio da Cesena, Pope Paul III's Master of Ceremonies. He was painted in the judgment for telling Michelangelo his painting was fit for bars and taverns for the nudity portrayed. Michelangelo worked Cesena's face into the underworld (far bottom-right corner of the painting) with Donkey ears ( meaning foolishness during the Renaaissance, while Jesus and David liked their donkeys very much), and Cesena's nudity is covered by a coiled, biting snake.
What would the saint's say to the Fresco of The Last Judgement?
And there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." To Abimelek king of Gerar
Isaac said, "Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing." Isn't God open to the prayers of parents for blessings? Jacob blessed all of his sons and some grandsons.
Noah was drunk and uncovered; Noah cursed his son for not covering him, but merely telling.
“Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
The disciples James and John saw this, they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"
Jesus is not a Fresco in the Sistine Chapel.
Now what is the point here?
Jesus Christ the Lord.
These saints are real and when life presses and presses and presses us - we all must accept what God has said of ALL OF US.
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
What the Scriptures do tell us is this - God is very real. His Word is Real.
The saints would agree we are all headed in the same Direction.
THE SAINTS AGREE.
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.
9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
1 Peter 2:25
For "you were like sheep going astray," but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls."
If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
~We all want the blessings of God.
~This is having the courage to stay to the path.
~ Going back to the path when you are in need to be renewed on the Path of God.
~The wisdom to know while the Law points out our sin, adhering to the Goodness of God allows us to have the framework to establish a life in Hope, Faith and Love.
~Diligence in pressing forward to God.
~Moving Fear and Reluctance Aside.
~Fighting the Good Fight. Not rolling over and saying someone else will fix something.
~Rejoicing with Thank You's To God when things are Good.
~ Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Setting Faith in Action and Belief when wind is not blowing our sails, staying in belief because the Word of God is Accurate, Truthful, Real, Enduring, and Love.
A song of ascents.
Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion;
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—
peace be on Israel.
Father God, who will live in Your Sacred Places? Who will live, as Isaiah and Psalm 15, tell us of Your Holy Mountains?
Help us, Father God, in the Righteousness of Jesus to walk in You blamelessly. Help us to do what is Righteousness. Help us in Jesus to speak truth from our heart.
Jesus, keep us in you not to slander and slur one another. To want to spend time with those who Honor the Lord.
Keep us in our vows and oaths to You. Help us to be consistent in You.
Giving kindness not to be repaid.
And in these things real life produces character and hope. Fear is put aside and Joy has a place to dwell. Thank You God for Teaching us this. In Jesus. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †