Wednesday, August 8, 2012

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder..Who'll Be There?

As a young man I remember singing "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder" in church often.  It was written by James Black in 1893.  Have you ever wondered when that roll is called up yonder at the Great White Throne judgment who will be there?  I have and I've learned that God not only loves the whole world of humanity, but he loves individuals enough to write their names down in a book in heaven, and Jesus said we should rejoice, because our names are written there (Luke 10:20). 
     In Philippians 4: 3 Paul talks about the Christian workers there in Philippi whose names are written down in the book of life.  Hebrews 12: 23 speaks of born again believers whose name is written down in heaven.  Revelation 21: 27 reminds us that the only ones who will enter the heavenly kingdom are those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. 
     I believe there is more than just this life.  God created us and knew us when we were in our mother's womb.  He wants a personal relationship with us.  He wants us to know Him.  Our sin, our selfishness, our going our own way keeps us from having that relationship.  We each and everyone has sinned.  But thanks be unto God that through the blood of Christ we can be forgiven if we are willing to repent, turn from our sins and accept Jesus Christ into our heart and life.  That word repent means to forsake our sin and turn to follow Jesus Christ.   When we do that our names are written down in the Lamb's Book of Life. 
     Yes one day the roll will be called up yonder...will you be there?