Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
It is a sobering thing to stand in judgment of someone. Whether it is under the scrutiny of friends and family or in a court of law, the only thing that matters are the facts. Feelings, opinions, prejudices, preferences and cultural acceptances hold little to no weight when weighed against the facts. Justice holds to the line drawn by the law. Cross it and there are consequences.
Our justice system derived much of its principle from the Word of God. Its morality; the defining statements that make one activity right and another wrong – all come directly from God’s system of judgment. Our system of justice will only work when practiced by moral people.
John Adams in a speech to the military in 1798 warned his fellow countrymen stating, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams
Our experience of justice here on this earth will not compare to that which God has set in Heaven. We are given a glimpse of what Judgment Day will look like for the unsaved. To be made to stand to all of our wrongdoing and have it be put to judgement should be a sobering thing to us. If today, you are reading this and your heart is in fear of that day, take heart – there is a way out. Salvation in Jesus Christ has been provided for you to wholly miss out on ever having to stand and be judged for your sin.
You see, those of us who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior have had our sin judged on the cross of Calvary. Those sins; past, present AND future; have all been cast into the deepest sea, as far as the east is from the west, put behind God’s back, and most lovingly God says,
Jeremiah 31:34 “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Having been made to stand in judgement for a crime, I know what it is like to fear, to wonder what punishment I would receive. There are judges who practice mercy and others who are more harsh. Human judges are just that – human. There is only One who has and is perfectly just – God.
Take this thought with you today: What if you and I were to be judged still for those things we have committed? What if there was some punishment to be meted out for crimes we have committed against a holy and righteous God? Allow that feeling of guilt and shame to wash over you for a moment and take up the thought that Jesus; holy righteous, perfectly sinless Jesus; took all the filth, all the unholy, all the unrighteous, all the immoral; every sin of everyone ever living from Adam till the end upon Himself so that we could have a way made for us to escape having to suffer eternal punishment for our sins.
I stand in awe of that day when I know I shall see my Savior face to face. The nail-scarred hands and feet, the penetrating gaze, the presence of holiness… I cannot imagine what it is I will think or feel. I do know that He is wholly deserving of me to fall on my face and worship Him forever. So, knowing I WILL face Him one day… Why not begin preparation now?
Andrew Murray was a South African minister, teacher and writer. Most famous for “With Christ in the School of Prayer” wrote many books and has challenged my heart with many of his teachings. One such topic was to practice the presence of Christ. Basically, having such a close relationship with the Heavenly Father here that when we reach Heaven, it will be far more familiar because we practiced meeting with Him here.
Knowing I will never have to stand in judgement for my sins ever again is quite a relieving thought on which to meditate. But to also know at what price it cost the Son of God for me to possess such a great pardon makes me fall to my knees and thank Him for taking my place!
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
I pray that we never lose the fear of what might have happened had we not trusted Christ as Savior. Let us use it to drive us, and motivate us to tell others of the coming judgement for their soul should they reject Jesus as their Savior.