Scripture Resource Passage: Revelation 20:7-15 continued encouragement to read and reflect on the Resource Passage before working on the post
The time of justice must come. The battle of the ages broods in Revelation 20. “Lord, have mercy,” will be the resounding cry. Mercy for some, judgment for others will rule the day.
Revelation 20 forecasts God’s fire-laden lament and delivery of justice. At long last—Divine justice.
Revelation 20 is somber in tone and bleak in color; yet, hope springs within the words. My personal hope is not developed as I report my good works. No one would be sufficiently foolish to believe their personal righteousness provides relief in the King’s court. “And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life” (Revelation 20:12a).
The Book of Life is Heaven’s record keeping, preserved for the Day when justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a flowing stream.
Our brother John records his vision but gives little attention to the presence of Hope and Mercy’s Image-bearer. “The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelation 20:12b). There is but one hope, one word of mercy for that Day—Mercy’s Name is Jesus.
In part, Jesus explains Heaven’s Justice Day: “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32). Disciples are shown mercy on the wondrous Day only because Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.
Until that time and given our awareness of the upcoming Day, relationships with others manifest the grace given to us by Christ. We live with hope, in anticipation of the Day. O Lord, have mercy on us for we are a hopeful people.
Life Application: Believing justice is ultimately God’s to deliver what are the implications for disciples wronged by others?