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Intro: Ill. 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 - (Ill. The Great White Throne)  Men will stand stripped 
                 of all their pretenses and will appear as they really are.
            2.  A Terrible Figure - (Ill. 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 - (Ill. 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!  (Ill. 
                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!  (Ill. Cain, Hitler,  Presidents, Popes, 
                 Preachers, Theifs, Murderers, Harlots, Drunkards, Druggies, you name it!)
    B.  The Books - (Ill. The Mind.  It stores everything that the person has ever 
            experienced.  It awaits the proper trigger to bring it once again to conscious 
            memory.)  Ill. 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!  (Ill. 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.
            (Ill. The Lady and her “eternal tomb”)
    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.
            (Ill. 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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