You, me, and Osama
Why we're all facing the same fate if we don't have Jesus
What could you and I possibly have in common with Osama Bin Laden? The answer is simple - without Jesus, we face God's just judgement.
There are some people who saw Osama Bin Laden as a hero, fighting for what he believed in. However, God is the ultimate judge of right and wrong, and he has spoken to us through His Word, the Bible:
“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.” (Genesis 9:6)
God says straight out that murder is wrong! And the punishment is to be death. So it is clear from the bible that Osama Bin Laden was wrong and deserves this punishment. But how can it be that WE deserve the same punishment too?
The Bible says that all of us will be judged through God's Son Jesus when He returns to Earth. All people will see, know and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, whether they would say that now or not. One day, you, me, and Osama Bin Laden will have to give an account of how we lived our life. Check out Romans 14:10-12 –
“For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.’”
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. ”
But notice here that EACH OF US will give an account. And the bible shows us that we actually deserve the SAME punishment as Osama Bin Laden. God's standard is perfection. We have all fallen short of perfection. Take for example, Jesus comments on anger:
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matthew 5:21-22)
The scary thing is, that one day YOU and I will also fall down before Jesus as Osama will, and have to give an account of ourselves, and Jesus says that we all ‘will be in danger of the fire of hell’ because of how we’ve lived. We are heading for the same place – the judgment throne of Jesus.
God's saving grace
The most appropriate reaction to Osama Bin Laden’s death is not to celebrate, but to recognise our position before God – that we are sinners heading for judgment by Jesus when He returns. The amazing news (aka ‘gospel’) is that if we do recognise our guilt, repent from our sinful life and ask Jesus for mercy – He has promised that He will save us.
So fear God and realise your hopeless position before Him because of your sin. Call on Him for forgiveness, for He alone is judge.