Last week, two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison in New York. The escape, of course, baffled many until it was discovered that the two inmates had help from a prison employee. Their escape caused great concern for residents in the surrounding area, and a massive manhunt was launched to recapture the dangerous men.
Admittedly, the justice systems of earth are flawed. Sometimes, innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. Sometimes, criminals are never brought to justice at all. Sometimes, those convicted of crimes do not get the punishment they deserve or get more punishment than they deserve. And, as we have seen this past week, sometimes, criminals escape the prison where they are serving time.
However, there is one Judge who never makes a mistake. A Judge who never meets out more or less punishment than is deserved. A Judge whom no criminal can buy off. A Judge who has the authority to lock any one of us up in a prison that is impossible to escape from.
I am talking about God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, whom we will all have to face at the end of our lives. James 4:12 tells us, "There is one lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy." That Judge and Lawgiver is God. As sinners -- people who have done things that are wrong -- we are automatically condemned to die and spend eternity in a place called Hell. Matthew 10:28 tells us, "Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
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