Revelation Day 52 - We Will Be Judged

DAY 52
We Will Be Judged
Revelation 20:7-15

Jesus Christ will return to finish God’s victory over sin, death, and the devil. Revelation 19 and 20 are just one place in the New Testament to say so. We don’t know when he’ll return, but Revelation insists that when he does, we will be judged.

We’ve talked about God’s judgment and justice earlier in our series. We said that God guarantees justice. We’ve also read that God brings little judgments throughout history to prompt people to turn around from evil to good. Now, at the end of Revelation, we’re talking about God’s final judgment through Jesus.

What do these chapters tell us about final judgment? We learn five things. Let’s look at the first two today.

First, our judgment is just and true. Rev. 19:2 and 19:11 stress what all of Scripture says, that God is totally fair. God is true and trustworthy, incapable of telling - or believing - lies. Final judgment is true because God knows everything perfectly, even every detail of our lives. Pastor John references that when he says in Rev. 20 that “the books were opened.”

An exhaustive review of our lives might be intimidating. It should sober us but we must remember God’s mercy just as much as God’s knowledge. More than anyone else, God will understand the circumstances of our actions.  

Second, we also learn that everyone is judged. The rich and powerful: judged. The poor and powerless: judged. Satan: judged. Me: judged. You: judged. Everyone is judged. Scripture repeatedly says that God shows no favoritism (Rom. 2:11, Acts 10:34). We are truly equal standing before God. In the end, everyone’s life will be completely examined.

What thoughts and feelings do you have in response to these statements today about final judgment?

Lord, you know everything. You know me inside and out. It’s scary but refreshing to not pretend to be someone I’m not. Help me to live every day in light of my judgment day. Amen.
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