Don’t Ever Run “Red Lights”
One learns at a very young age that there are rules which control the flow of traffic in our land. Think about how early a young child learns that red means stop and green means go. It may be a while before they realize there is a national law that you can turn right on red at any intersection unless there is a sign which forbids it. However, everyone knows the meaning of red lights and green lights.
Now take this principle and apply it to the rules God has given us for our lives. That sermon entitled “Can the Bible Be Trusted?” lays the foundation for all the “red lights” and “green lights” God has given us in His Word. If the Bible cannot be trusted, these “lights” are archaic and meaningless, but once it is established that the Bible is from heaven and God has promised that He will ensure that it will never pass away, the “lights” of the Bible take on new meaning.
Did Jesus understand that His work involved giving laws and commandments which must be followed, just like we follow the laws regarding red lights in our land? Hear His words, “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and one earth…Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:18-20). It surely looks like He intended for all men in all nations to be taught to observe His commandments. Jesus’ words demand that He saw boundaries which were established from Him for all men for all times. He was not simply giving instructions about “red lights” which only had application to the apostles.
Hear Him again. “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). The word which He gave was seen as being eternal and binding upon men from the time He spoke them until the last day mankind is on the earth. He viewed His words as being “red lights” and “green lights” in the lives of each of us.
Look at that verse again and recognize that on the last day we will have our “day in court.” Not before some judge in a local traffic court, but before that Judge who has all authority. God says, “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). You and I both will be there, for everyone must give an account of his life before the Judge of all mankind.
There are consequences to not observing the laws about red and green lights. There are far greater consequences for not obey His “lights” in the eternal word He has given us!