“Juror 6472, you are excused!”
My heart lept when the judge pronounced his judgment. After one and a half days, I was finally excused from jury duty. Although I was not on trial, my anxiety was just as high. I had to present my case why I should be excused. I carefully rehearsed my succinct speech, plainly stating my case. The tension mounted as the jurors that preceded me presented their reasons to be excused. Some seemed legitimate, others questionable. But regardless of what I felt, the only opinion that mattered was the judge. As I sat there, my thoughts drifted to God’s Word.
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
Revelation 20:12 (ESV)
Whatever emotions I experienced in the courtroom will pale in comparison to what I will experience at the Great White Throne of Judgment. This is the final judgment when all souls will be judged. It does not matter what excuses or reasons anyone can present. Only if your name is written in the book of life will you be allowed to enter God’s Kingdom.
There is only one way for your name to be written in God’s book of life. You must confess and repent of your sins and turn to Him. You must accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. And if you have, you will not be an anonymous number. God knows your name, He knows every hair on your head.
And as the Great Judge, He will say to you, “Enter into my Kingdom, forever.”
Thank you, Jesus, for your eternal promises of everlasting life!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.