“I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” (Revelation 20:12)
Given the importance of this issue of judgment, I wanted to follow-up on yesterday’s post by addressing some of the things that people have tended to think about that moment when they will stand before the Judge of their souls.
The Bible is very clear about that day when each of us will stand before God to be judged for what we have done. There will be no lengthy trial. There will be no testimony of witnesses. There will be no opening or closing statements. There will not be a single moment of opportunity to “defend your life.” The Bible says that our eternal destiny will simply be determined by which Book holds your name.
I have heard so many people, when they think of standing before God, declare that they will take their chances… they will plead their case… their good things will outweigh their bad things… they will rest on the fact that they went to church, or were baptized, or were confirmed… or that they prayed, or were actively involved in helping people somehow.
But none of this will matter on that great and terrible day.
One Judge. Two Books. Zero debate.
“But this doesn’t seem fair!”
Why not? Every detail of our lives is already known by our Judge. What is there to debate? Or defend. Or talk about. God knows our actions. God knows our motives. God knows our thoughts and our words. What is more… God knows the purpose HE had for making us, as individuals – and whether or not we were intent on fulfilling that purpose.
But most important of all… He knows what we truly did with Jesus. Not what we wanted to do, or intended to do, or what we wish we would have done… He knows what we did with Jesus. Not what we think about Him. Not even what we believe about Him. What we did with Him – the Person. The Savior. The Master.
The real issue on that great and terrible day will be Jesus… and Jesus alone.
The Bible tells us… “that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow… and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (from Philippians 2:10-11)
For some… that bowing and confessing will come too late. The Books will have already been written.
But why would giving our hearts and our lives to Jesus be so important?
Simply because Jesus came and gave His Heart and life for us.
We know the words… “For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) But what we sometimes forget is why this matters so much. Jesus tells us: “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:17) Jesus offers this final summation…
Which Book bears your name? Your relationship with Jesus yields the answer!