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GLMX #187: Life on Death Row

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According to the latest statistics, there are over 3,000 people on death row in the United States. Can you imagine what it is like sitting on death row? Waking up every day in a cell knowing that each minute that passes puts you closer to the time when your life will be terminated by a lethal injection or an electric shock because of a crime that you committed? Can you imagine living every day with a countdown ticking in your mind?

You might say to yourself, 'I'm glad I'm not on death row. I don't want to do anything that would cause me to end up there.' But did you know that, in a way, you are indeed already sitting on death row?

Yes, the day of your death has already been decided. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27, "It is appointed unto men once to die." Whether you want to accept it or not, your life -- and the life of every person alive -- is slowly winding down to a point of termination. You are effectively under a death sentence.

The reason we are placed under this death sentence is the same reason why men and women are placed on death row in the United States -- SIN -- evil, the bad things that we do. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "the wages of sin is death." God's Word states that death is the consequence of our lying, stealing, adultery, murder, rebelliousness, pride and a multitude of other transgressions.

For an inmate on death row, death may seem like the end. The only way a criminal can avoid his death sentence is if he is pardoned by the state's governor or by the President of the United States.

Death does not have to be the end for you. You can be pardoned of your sins as well. Romans 3:23 goes on to say, "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." You can receive a pardon for your sins and the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

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