"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
16th Day: OUR KING'S TRIBUNAL
One day all the servants of the King will appear
before Him to receive the sentence of reward
or punishment that they have deserved. None can
escape the summons before that tribunal. There
we shall stand with a perfectly vivid recollection
of all our deeds, whether good or bad, and each
will receive from the hands of our King his just
recompense. Then there will be no hiding of any
of our faults, no making of excuses, no petitioning
for mercy. Our King, who is now our merciful and
indulgent Friend, will then be our just and severe
Judge. What reason I have to dread the day, which
must come sooner or later, and how soon, I do
This day may come upon me very suddenly.
I may go to sleep in peace some night, and ere day
breaks, find myself standing before the King's tribunal.
Even if I have some forewarning, how unlikely
it is that I shall then have the same opportunities
of preparing for it that I have now! Then
I shall be feeble, and perhaps in severe pain, scarce
able to reflect on anything. How foolish to put
off until then my preparation for that dread account.
The sentence passed will be a final one. I
must not forget that. No further opportunity of
making amends, or expressing sorrow for the past,
or of humbling ourselves for our manifold offenses
and sins. We shall then see in our King, either
one who will look upon us with looks of love, and
with whom we shall dwell in happiness unspeakable
through eternity; or else we shall shrink away
in an agony of terror from our Judge.