The Book of Life

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In the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in the Canadian Houses of Parliament are a number of massive books. They commemorate the Canadian men and women of the armed forces who have given their lives in the service of their country. Every name in every book is exposed to view for at least one day each year.

It was Prime Minister MacKenzie King who announced the plans for these books on Remembrance Day, 1928. He called the first book, “The most sacred memorial in the keeping of our nation.”

In the Throne Room of Heaven there is a book which dwarfs even these large memorial volumes. It is called “the Lamb’s book of life.” Having your name in this book is of paramount importance because it insures entrance into Heaven. Revelation 21:27 says, “There shall in no wise enter into it (the heavenly city) anything that defileth… but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

The tremendous significance of that book of life is also seen in Revelation 20 where it is associated with exemption from judgment: “I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books. . . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the Lake of Fire.”

At the close of His earthly life, the Lord Jesus was given an unjust trial, falsely accused and wrongly sentenced to death for blasphemy and insurrection. He will never subject others to such unrighteous treatment. Heaven’s justice will be impartial and just. e proof will be seen in the opened books.

Each person’s attitude toward the Bible, or what he knew of God’s truth, will be revealed. The Lord Jesus said, “He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath One that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). A person’s actions will be brought to light when the record books are opened, and God will “judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16). It is the absence of your name from the book of life that proves you never trusted Christ. No wonder the Lord Jesus told His disciples to rejoice that their names were “written in Heaven” (Luke 10:20).

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