The System Is Rigged

The system is rigged.

Usually a judge will recuse himself from a trial if he knows the defendant. Not this judge. And this judge doesn’t just know the defendant. He’s helping him.

The system is rigged.

Here’s something you can count on. There will be a day of judgment for you. You may trick yourself into believing that it won’t happen but it will. This isn’t the stuff of crazy street preachers standing on corners holding signs that remind us that the end is near. Jesus himself warned of a day of judgment (Matthew 11:20-24). Whether you spend your days in Sunday School, strung out on meth or some combination of the two, you will one day stand before Jesus (Romans 14:12).

The thing that sets us apart is how we will be treated on that day. For non-believers, the day of judgement will be terrible. Jesus said that entire cities that have been wiped off the map because of their sin will have it better than those who stand before him with unrepentant hearts. Hell is the final and eternal destination of every person who refuses to repent.

But for Christians, there is no condemnation (Romans 8:1). The day of judgment will be more like a reward ceremony for them.

That’s because the system is rigged.

The Judge who every human being who ever lived will one day stand before holds his people in his hand, guaranteeing their heavenly arrival.

[28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28 (ESV)

The Judge, before whom all people will one day give an account, is at this very moment, praying for his people.

[33] Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. [34] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:33-34 (ESV)

And the One who will judge every human being in his prefect righteousness has given his people his perfect righteousness.

[21] For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)

When I was a kid I heard a preacher say that on the day of judgment there would be a giant movie screen and the whole world would get to see every sin that I ever committed. You can imagine my excitement at that thought. Like many believers, I’ve spent most of my life fearing the day of judgement.

But for believers, there is no need to fear.

Because the system is rigged.

All in your favor.

And all for the Judge’s glory.

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