May 1, 2020

Which Book Are You In?

Many people are afraid of Judgment Day. Are you? It’s something we all will one day face, so it stands to reason that we would want to know what to expect. We want to be ready, right?

Many people are afraid of Judgment Day. Are you? It’s something we all will one day face, so it stands to reason that we would want to know what to expect. We want to be ready, right?

Revelation, the last book of the Bible, gives us a picture of Judgment Day. The last chapters talk about the books being opened. It says:

“The dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works”

Revelation 20:12

These books have a record of everything we ever thought, said or did. That thought can be frightening. Yesterday, we talked about how God expects perfection. Since our record is far from perfect,

“whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”

Revelation 20:15

That’s a picture of hell. Many people are afraid of Judgment Day with good reason!

But you don’t have to be afraid because there is another book. It’s the book of life. It’s described as “the book of life of the Lamb slain” (Revelation 13:8). This book of life is all about Jesus’ perfect life. He was the perfect Lamb. Those who cling to his perfect life are described as “clothed in white” (Revelation 3:5) and, through faith, their names “are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).

In other words, when you trust in his perfect life, you have life.

If you want to stand, even in part, on your own record then when the books are opened the results will be disastrous. But if you stand on Christ’s perfect record and rely on that alone, then your name is in the book of life and you have nothing to fear. In fact, you can look forward to Judgment Day because you already know the verdict.

I am just so excited for Judgment Day to come. When your name is written in the book of life, you can be too!

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