The Grand Experience
Over the last year, I had opportunity to fulfil a duty of serving on the county’s Grand Jury. It was quite an eye-opening experience for such a “sheltered” person. As a Juror, I was part of a group who heard a witness present a case. We determined two things: Did a crime probably occur? Did the individual probably commit the crime? The unanimous “yes” of the dozen or more jurors meant the case would go to trial and be heard in a courtroom. I’m sure not all the unanimous “probably” determinations resulted in conviction and/or sentencing.
As I reflect on the last year of Grand Jury, I am soberly reminded of the New Testament scripture found in Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” As an oxygen-breathing human, we can be sure of three things in the period after our life ends.
The first sure thing, there will be no “probably”. We as jurors on the Grand Jury heard the witness give their version of the potentially non-complete details. In the end, the all-knowing God will give His complete details about everything in each life.
The second sure thing, there will never be a jury to hear a case. All judgment has been given to Jesus by God. He is the Judge and requires no one to “help” Him make any decision. He is all-powerful and has need of nothing. His Word stands.
The third sure thing that will never happen after death is an appeal. There’s no request for reconsideration. There’s no evidence lacking from the initial determination that would need to be submitted at the appeal level. There’s no technicality to overturn the decision. All the facts are laid open before the all-seeing God.
What significance do these three sure things have in your life (and death)? One basic thought can sum it up . . . Justice will surely be grand in the end and there’s no probably or appeal about it.
The 9th chapter of Hebrews doesn’t leave us without hope. You see that verse 27 is followed by verse 28 which says: “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” You see, though there’s no probably, no jury, and no appeal; Jesus has already paid the penalty for all the wrong deeds of those who look to Him. He was offered to bear our sins so that we can look for Him to come back again . . . not in judgment but in salvation.
Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and His righteousness. It is not our good deeds or our getting out of anything. It is Jesus paying the penalty for our sins, preparing a place in Heaven for us, and coming back to take us to live with Him. Salvation is of the Lord!
The all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-seeing God ALWAYS makes the right decision. Are you looking for Jesus to come back “unto salvation” for you?
The Word of God is always most precious to the man who lives on it most.