Monday, September 14, 2015

Someone Always Pays!

I saw a great white throne with someone sitting on it. Earth and heaven tried to run away, but there was no place for them to go.  I also saw all the dead people standing in front of that throne. Every one of them was there, no matter who they had once been. Several books were opened, and then the book of life was opened. The dead were judged by what those books said they had done.   The sea gave up the dead people who were in it, and death and its kingdom also gave up their dead. Then everyone was judged by what they had done.   Afterwards, death and its kingdom were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death.   Anyone whose name wasn't written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:11-15

Human beings especially like it when there are "no consequences" for their actions. Everyone who does something that is wrong hopes that he or she will not be held responsible and have to pay the penalty! But the truth is this: There is always a penalty for sin. Someone always pays for wrongs that are done. You may not pay here and now, but your sins are not and have never been without consequence!

The Good News of the Cross of Jesus Christ is that He paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world! And everyone who believes in Jesus and follows Him will have their name written in the Book of Life! So on the Day of Judgment your name in the Book of Life will keep you from being throne into the lake of fire!

It is not and never has been your "good life" that qualifies you for Heaven! If you go to Heaven it will only be because you turned your heart to the One who paid the price for your sins and your name is then written in the Book of Life!

"Lord Jesus, thank You for being my Lord and Savior and paying the price for my sins! Only because of You and Your sacrifice will my name show up in the Book of Life. And may You, Lord Jesus be praised forever. Amen."

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