An Amazing Courtroom Scene
The serial murderer stands before the Supreme Court for sentencing. The evidence against him is overwhelming. There’s no doubt whatsoever that he is guilty.
But then suddenly, as he pounds his gavel, the chief justice declares him not guilty. If that isn’t surprising enough, he also offers the murderer a black robe and a seat on the Supreme Court itself!
Totally ridiculous, correct? But what God will do for us on Judgment Day is even more incredible than this. Not only will he declare us not guilty in Christ, he will also invite us to participate in the judgment! Paul told the Corinthians: “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? . . .Do you not know that we will judge angels?” (1 Cor. 6:2-3)
And he doesn’t keep us guessing! He has already told us his verdict. The word “justified” is courtroom language. It literally means “not guilty”. Therefore, when the Bible says we are justified by faith and not by works, God reassures us that “not guilty” is his legal, binding verdict for all those trusting in Christ’s work.
As the above passage points out, he also tells us ahead of time that we will participate in the judgment. I don’t exactly know what this means but it sure is exciting. It’s just another example of how much the Lord loves to heap honor and blessing on his believing children. He can’t refrain from blessing us.
Just think of how this affects our thoughts of Judgment Day. Instead of fear and dread, we can view it with eager anticipation and excitement. Before all the world, we will be honored as one of God’s beloved children. We will be seated by Jesus on his throne (Rev. 3:21) judging the world –judging even the evil angels. Just think about it. You will judge the devil! You will tell him to go to hell and all he will be able to do is slink away into the great abyss.
What a contrast to how most people think about Judgment Day! This is so different from how Mormonism portrays it. Its whole emphasis is on determining what “kingdom” people will attain. It all depends on the worthiness they exhibited through their own works.
At best, this gives most Mormons an uneasy feeling not knowing if they have done enough. At worst, many view Judgment Day with dread. More than one LDS member has told me they think all their thoughts and actions will be projected on a huge screen for all to see and how embarrassed and ashamed they will be. Rarely have I talked to a Mormon who was looking forward to Judgment Day. The few that have shouldn’t have been. It was obvious they were trusting in their own self-righteousness to be pleasing to the Lord.
Think of the positive effect you can have on people when you share with them your excitement about Judgment Day. This is a wonderful way to glorify Jesus and witness to him. Doing this also reinforces this wonderful truth for you.
So, don’t be bashful. Glorify Jesus by talking about how Judgment Day will be one of the best days of your life.