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It is a terrifying experience to stand accused in a courtroom before a judge. The prosecutor is stern and ready. The witnesses are eager to testify against you. The judge has your life, your future in his authority. Your palms sweat. Your body shakes. You feel sick. You head feels faint. Your attorney tries but his arguments seem weak, half-hearted, unconvincing. You know that you are going to do time. Years. Years locked away from family. Years of wasted time. Time precious time that will never be regained or retrieved. Shame. Everyone knows. Television, radio, the newspapers. My parents are disgraced. People stare at my wife and children. They try to run. They cry. But the whole world knows. I am guilty.
If only I could reverse my crime. If only I could have a second chance, but it is too late. My sentence is pronounced. Oh dear God, what have I done?
Maybe you have faced that feeling. It is one of the most frightening of all human experiences. However according to the Bible every human being will one day stand before another Judge. Consider some facts from the Bible about that judgment.
Fact 1--Jesus Christ Himself will be the Judge.
Fact 2--Every human being will be brought to stand before God.
Fact 3--God's word will be the law against which our life will be judged.
Fact 4--Before we have opportunity to give a defense, two things will be presented.
Fact 5--Once the standard is known and our deeds are presented, not one person will be able to make a defense. The most articulate mouth will be stopped.
Fact 6--There is only one adequate line of defense.
According to the Bible the only persons who will be saved from eternal punishment are those that--
--edited by cpl; bim l rowley, pastor, truth baptist church originally written 5-1-94