Gospel: The Year 2000

The approach of the year 2000 has created a sense of urgency for the general public. Those involved in the computer industry in particular worry about this possibly catastrophic and potentially dangerous transition from the year 1999 to 2000, hailed by many as the new millennium (rather than the year 2001).

Every corporate structure in the world will be deeply affected by this seemingly simple change. Air traffic control, banks, grocery stores, as well as the more complex systems which operate the military, the internal revenue service and every other computer-driven entity will be shaken. Think of it; the actual brains of our society may come to a standstill. What will happen?

Only time will tell. Solutions for this problem are being put into place for the smaller and less complicated operations. The larger and more intricate businesses are in for a very costly and bumpy transition.

In the mid 80’s, most of the computer industry began to prepare for the year 2000 and computer compliance. Now, with this millennium’s end in sight and the dawn of the 21’st century so imminent, people are scrambling to make the necessary changes.

What will happen if no planning is made for what is to come in the very near future? This does provoke a lot of thinking, making us focus on the next few years with a sense of urgency, even if we are not directly involved in the computer field. We know that in some way, big or small, we all will be affected.

We put a lot of energy into anticipating our future, but, strangely enough, we often neglect dealing with the most important issue of all – the eternal destiny of our souls.

Have you made any preparation for your eternal future? Is there any sense of urgency in your life to make plans for your appointment with death and your existence in eternity? God’s Word tells us, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). The computer field has a deadline by which changes must be implemented. In the same way, we have a deadline, a time when we will have no choice but to meet God. Whether we want to confront the reality of heaven and hell or not, we must deal with the fact that we are all sinners who deserve eternal punishment. God’s Word again tells us, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) and, “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Tragically, many people are distracted by things that take up so much “thought time.” They never come to the point where they actually face God and the truth of an imminent meeting with their Creator.

Thankfully, there is hope of being delivered from the Judgment of sin. This is the good news of the gospel – “Christ Jesus cameinto the world to save sinners” (2 Tim 1:15). The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me” (John 14:6), and “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

In view of the year 2000, the prospect of which looms very large, there are many unknowns. Please take the time to consider your end and where your soul will be forever. God has said in His Word that He is”…not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2Pet 3:9).

Again, Scripture says, “God will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim 2:4).