I remember the old television drama Hawaii Five-0, from my childhood. Beginning in 1968, Detective Captain Steve McGarrett put his life on the line, along with his officers, fighting crime in the nation’s 50th state. The show left its mark on our culture: “5-0” is now the term used for the police in the United States, and the show won coveted Emmy Awards in 1970 and 1974. It also helped put Hawaii, a new state in 1968 having been added only nine years before, “on the map.”
One of the best remembered lines in the show is still used today. When the bad guys were brought to justice at the end of each episode, McGarrett would give his famous order to Danny “Danno” Williams as he cuffed the criminals in his custody–“book ‘em, Danno!”
That police log was one book no one wanted their name in! Even the most deserving criminal took every measure to allude capture and begin the process of prosecution with their name being put into the book. To have your name blotted from that list of criminals rarely happened, as McGarrett wasn’t one to make mistakes.
In the scriptures there is a book written about that holds the name of every believer in Christ who has overcome the world and trusted in Him. This is the book, your name must be written:
He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God] will accordingly be dressed in white clothing; and I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, and I will confess and openly acknowledge his name before My Father and before His angels [saying that he is one of Mine]. Revelation 3:5
Jesus has done the work for us. Our part is to believe in Him and rest in His love and mercy. When we do, we can be secure knowing that our name is in the right book!