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The Saddest Court case of all times
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Faith related
A court case has to do with justice: is a person guilty of transgressing the laws of the country, or not? A justice department is necessary for running a country. It is a country’s duty to uphold the laws of its constitution and to protect its citizens against abuse and criminals.
God has His Kingdom and legal system based on His constitution, the Bible. God, Jesus and the Word function as judges.
‘The Lord takes his place in court; He rises to judge the people’ (Isaiah 3:13).
‘Thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat.... The court was seated, and the books were opened’ (Daniel 7:9,10).
‘Then I saw a great white throne and Him who was seated on it. ... And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened’ (Revelation 19:11-15).
‘There is a judge for the one who rejects Me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day’ (John 12:48).
Who will be the witnesses? God is keeping a careful record of what each person did during his/her lifetime. Moses mentioned this record for the first time in Exodus 33:32 - ‘But now please forgive their sin --- but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written’. This set of books comprises two different records: that of believers (the Book of Life - Philippians 4:3 and Revelation 3:5; 13:8) and that of unbelievers at the last great judgment (Revelation 20:12).
Thus we have all the ingredients of a modern court: the Judge (completely fair and righteous), the Law (Bible), the testimonies/witnesses for the defense (the books), and the people appearing before the court. There is only one difference: people who rejected God, will not have the services of clever advocates pleading for leniency or extenuating circumstances. The records in the books will be decisive. The gnashing of teeth and weeping will be without effect (Luke 13:28); it will be too late. The reason is that many people were not in the least interested to accept God’s offer that His Son was punished for their sin, so that there is no condemnation for them on Judgement Day. Regardless, the scene is very sad. There will be no second chance. If a person’s name is not written in the Book of Life, the only sentence will be lifelong imprisonment in the lake of fire. There will be no hope of pardon. How ghastly can that be?
Application: Even as a Christian, do not let laziness influence you. We are told by the Holy Spirit: ‘Make every effort to add to your faith... (2 Peter 1:5). Jesus endorsed it: ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.. (Luke 13:24).