The sinner’s day in God’s court

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    Rev. 20:11-15 THE SINNER’S DAY IN GOD’S COURT Everyone wants their day in court. They say, “If I could just tell my side
    of the story, then everything would be alright.” Well, every sinner will have their
    day in court. This is the last event that will take place before time is done away
    with. This is a passage and message that is intended for the ears of the lost and the
    dying. Yet, the truthes that are contained here ought to give Christians a greater zeal for the souls for the lost.
    I. v.11-12 THE SETTING
    A. The Background
    1. A Terrible Fact - ( The Great White Throne) Men will stand stripped
    of all their pretenses and will appear as they really are.

    2. A Terrible Figure - ( Jesus Himself!) The marks of the cross still
    visible in His body. The one men have denied, cursed and ridiculed will be
    the One before whom they will stand! (John 5:22; Rev. 5:6)

    3. A Terrible Fear - ( The Glory that awaits the child of God, just to get
    to see Jesus!) But, for the sinner, it will pure agony to look upon Him! (
    Even the heavens and the earth must flee away as they too are defiled
    and must be made over.) There is nowhere for anyone to hide! They will
    stand before the One they hated and they will stand before Him in
    paralyzing fear.

    4. A Terrible Fellowship - The petty, paltry sinner and the grand and
    glorious sinner will stand side by side here at the throne of the Judge. No one
    will be exempt. From the common drunk to the wicked world leader, every
    sinner who has ever lived will stand before Jesus! (Cain, Hitler, Presidents, Popes,
    Preachers, Theifs, Murderers, Harlots, Drunkards, Druggies, you name it!)

    B. The Books - (The Mind. It stores everything that the person has ever
    experienced. It awaits the proper trigger to bring it once again to conscious
    memory.) God doesn’t forget either. He keeps some books on fallen men:

    1. The Book Of Life Of The Lamb - This book contains the names of every
    person who has ever trusted Jesus by faith. From the young to the
    old, from the first to the last. Their names are written here! What a glorious
    thought! Is your name here?

    2. The Book Of The Lives Of The Lost - This book contains the record of
    the lives of the lost. Every deed, whether done or left undone is written. Man
    can either come to Christ for salvation, or he can stand on his own record. To come to
    Christ is to gain life, to stand on our own record is to die lost forever! You see, man will
    be judged for sins of commission and sins of ommission, Matt. 25:41-46, for flagrant and
    open sin, as well as, “the secrets of men”, Rom. 2:16. Man will be judged not only for
    what he has or has not done, he will be judged for what he is - A sinner! Men
    will be weighed against the Lord Jesus and His righteousness and will
    be found wanting and be judged lost and doomed to Hell!

    II. v.13 THE SUMMONS
    A. There will be no hiding place! ( The cry of God in Eden - “Where art
    thou?” This cry will come again!)

    B. Every grave will give up her dead. The dust will come together again. The
    sea will give her dead. Hell will be empty for the first time in thousands of years.

    C. Imagine the scene before the throne of Jesus! The damned in all their
    hideousness and with the effects of their sins apparent in the dead bodies.
    (The saints will be raised and given a glorified body, but what will the
    dead look like?)

    III. v.14-15 THE SENTENCE
    A. The books are read and the sentence is given!

    B. The Fearfulness - To hear the words of Matt. 25:41 spoken to you!

    C. The Finality - No appeals, no leniency, no pardons. All who appear before
    the righteous Judge are sentenced to an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

    Conc: This very moment is the reason God sent man the Bible. This moment is
    the reason the Holy Spirit has striven with the souls of men for thousands of years.
    God’s desire is that men repent and turn to Jesus. Oh, it is not too late today!
    Now is the time to be sure and to make your calling and election sure. When
    you stand before Jesus, and you will! Will you stand at the Judgment Seat of
    Christ? Or will you face Him in final judgment at the Great White Throne?
    If He is calling you, then you need to come to Him!
     
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