Thursday, June 30, 2016
The trumpet sound was recognized as biblical by Christian and unbeliever alike (1 Corinthians 15:52). It literally swept every one off his feet. No oxygen masks were needed at 10,000 feet, nor insulated space suits beyond that. In spite of 3-4 billion people being swept upward, there was no traffic jam. No one had to ask, each knew the destination (Matthew 25:31-32)! They were before the judgment seat of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12). Then, it began.
Jesus: Your name is not found here.
Person: Sure it is. I was born into a good Christian family. My parents carried me to church every time the doors opened. I attended Sunday School each week and church camp every summer. I was baptized when I was twelve. I married a good Christian spouse. My children were all raised in the church. I baptized all of them. They are all faithful.
Jesus: No, I don’t find your name here in the Book of Life.
Person: It has to be there. I decided to be a preacher when I graduated from high school. I went to a Christian College. I held meetings in at least 44 of the 50 States. I went on mission tours and preached in 11 different countries. I’ve baptized over 7,000 people.
Jesus: You may have done all of those things, but your name is not written here.
Person: Look, I have helped build up churches where I have occupied the pulpit. I have been responsible for starting over 50 churches in those 11 different nations and 21 in the United States.
Jesus: Yes, I know about your works, but your name is still not written here.
Person: I have always preached the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. I have stood against doctrinal error, even when it meant being fired as a preacher. I have defended the truth in public and private discussions. I have written thousands of article defending the truth. I have written a number of books on contending for the faith. Some of the largest publishing houses have printed them.
Jesus: Yes, I am aware of all that, but your name is not written in the Book of Life.
Person: It’s got to be there! I have been on hundreds of lectureships at some of the largest Christian schools. I could not honor all the requests for my services in gospel meetings, lectureships, public discussions, and book discussion groups.
Jesus: It isn’t there.
Person: After all I’ve done for the kingdom and the gospel? My name has to be there. My obedience to the word guarantees me a place in the Book of Life. I’ve earned it!! God owes me an entry in the book due to my faithfulness, my works, my dedication, my stand for the truth!
Jesus: Your name is not written in the Book of Life because you never gave me 100% recognition for saving you. You took that credit, as you are now doing!