Daily Office Readings Monday of Proper28 Year 1
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were judged according to their works, as recorded in the books.” (Revelation 20:12)
This is a revelation from the Risen Christ to John an apostle of Christ. This revelation as told by John perhaps gives us some insight about what it might be like to transition from this life to the next. It is interesting that the dead were judged according to their works and not their beliefs. But I guess it is some measure of accomplishment just to make it to that heavenly court to be judged at all.
Two books were opened. One book may be the history of our lives, things done and things left undone. The letters “D” and “K” make a big difference here. They were judged according to their works not their words. They were judged according to their deeds done not what they “said” they did or wanted to do or even believed. We’re back to action speaking louder than words again. As far as beliefs go, perhaps beliefs or non beliefs are exchanged for certain knowledge once we are standing in front of the Truth.
What we believe about God is good if that is what it takes to make us live a godly life. For some of us however, there is a universal moral principle that shapes our behavior towards others and a sense of decency that supervises our actions which still adds up to good deeds to be judged by.
The other book is the Book of Life that our names are printed in and hopefully not blotted out. “If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”(Revelation 3:5 – 6) Therefore, The Book of Life, may be a register that as our names are printed (and if not blotted out), in which case we’ve made it! Congratulations and Thank You Jesus.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+