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Jesus Judges by the Books

Revelation 20:11-15

Those in our world who allow the possibility of a day of judgment at the end of the world often approach it like the Christmas song that warns children, "You'd better watch out…Santa Claus is coming to town." As long as you aren't too naughty, you'll be okay. But Judgment Day is no idle threat. The wrath of a holy and just God should terrify even the "nicest" of people. And yet, the Christian's attitude toward Judgment Day is not terror but anticipation. That's because the Christian clings to the verdict that was already pronounced at the cross and empty tomb of our Savior: "Not Guilty!" That verdict not only prepares us for death and judgment; it also motivates every moment we live in anticipation of that day.