Read Acts 17:22-31
“Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead” (v. 31).
As we listen to and watch the daily news reports, we cannot help being very well-acquainted with judgment days. Many of the trials that take place in our justice system drag on for weeks or months before a verdict is reached. When a guilty verdict is given, then a sentencing date is set. At that time, the person found guilty is again brought into the court for his “judgment day.”
As surely as the convicted criminal faces his “judgment day,” so each of us will face a Judgment Day. The criminal has his conviction decided by twelve of his peers who listen to the evidence presented, then, in the best of their judgment, make a decision as to the innocence or guilt of the accused, and a human judge makes and announces his sentence.
Regardless of our status as forgiven or unforgiven, we will all be present for our Judgment Day. It will not be presided over by a human judge who may be influenced by many factors including some that are not true, but by “that man whom he hath ordained,” who knows all the facts about and intents of the one to be judged. (LRD)
Our judgment at our appointed Judgment Day will be just, because it is pronounced by a judge who is impartial and fair.
This is the Friday, January 31, 2014, devotional from Opening the Word.
Photo Credit: "My Trusty Gavel" by Brian Turner used under CC BY / Cropped.