The Great White Throne

William C. Brownson

READ : Revelation 20:11-15

Then I saw a great white throne . . . and books were opened. Then another book was

opened, which is the book of life. (vv. 11-12)

A faithful servant of the Lord once said, “The most awesome thought I ever had is that
of my personal accountability to God.” Something in me deeply resonates with that. What
could possibly be more overwhelming than the thought of giving account to the Lord of
heaven and earth for the lives we have lived?

That’s the vision of the great white throne. All of us will be there, small and great.
Books will be opened that tell the story of our lives, and we will be judged according to
our works. What chance have we? All of us have sinned. “All we like sheep have gone
astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way” (Isa. 53:6). The judgment is
“guilty.” The sentence is doom.

But wait — there’s another book! It’s the book of life. It’s Jesus’ book, the Lamb’s
book of life, written from the foundation of the world. Is my name in it? Is yours? If it
is, then nothing written in the other books will ever be counted against us. Jesus, the
crucified One, has taken our judgment, felt our stroke of condemnation, by dying for our
sins. If we trust in him, we can be sure of this: because he was forsaken, we will never
be forsaken. With our names in his book, we are forever blessed.


Thank you, God, that through Jesus Christ our names can be in the book of life.