Subpoenaed! It’s a frightening word! This legal word demands an appearance in court or else! So engagements are broken. Business appointments are cancelled. Trips postponed. We have to answer some questions before a court of law, and that takes precedence over almost everything else.
Have you responded to your subpoena yet? You say you have never been served? One has been issued to you! How do I know? Well, I have a copy of it right before me! Let me read it to you: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10). In that little word all is included every name in the entire world. It simply means that you have been summoned to appear before the court of heaven.
You have a choice. You can ignore the subpoena, become a fugitive from justice, and run away from God all your life; or you can turn yourself on the mercies of the court. Let me tell you what will happen! (I know, because I did it!) Make sure you plead guilty. Because you are. The Book says so. “There is none righteous; no, not one!” (Romans 3:10). Whatever you do, don’t try to hide behind your good name or some worthy cause. No matter who you are, the Judge treats everyone alike.
He appoints His Son, Jesus Christ, to serve as Defense Attorney representing you before the bar. Christ does not deny your guilt, but then He presents the evidence of His very own shed blood to prove to the court that He has already suffered and died to pay the penalty for your sins. As witness for the defense He presents the Word which declares such a substitution is possible. Then the Holy Spirit testifies on your behalf. The court grants you a full pardon, and you walk away a free man with a clean record. That’s what happened to me.
But if you choose to run and hide, you will have no peace. Some day the sheriff of the court, Death, will catch up with you, and you will be forced to appear before the Judge to give an account of everything you have done in your entire life. You can’t escape it. The law says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement.” (Hebrews 9:27) Nobody escapes from that. When Death lays his cold hand on your shoulder, there’s no further postponement possible in your case. No bribes are accepted. You don’t stand a chance! You’ll be found guilty and sentenced.
If you accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord while there’s time, you will be saved; but if you don’t, you will be put away for all eternity!
… And to help you appreciate the importance of the subpoenaed, come to one of our Lenten Services, which are held every Wednesday night at 6:15pm, February 14th (Ash Wednesday) through March 21st.
Your brother in Christ,
Pastor Jack R. Baumgarn