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Occasionally, while Laurie and I eat lunch, we’ll watch part of a recording of a criminal trial. The reason I write “part of” is because trials last for days, and much of the content is repetitive and boring. It’s a good thing to have a fast forward button on the remote.

Nevertheless, it has been interesting to learn how our courtrooms and justice system function. In these trials, people are subpoenaed to give testimonies on their knowledge of the event. All the trials we have watched are murder trials, and, most of the time, that’s the only kind that are offered. It is difficult for me to comprehend the evil, bloodthirsty behaviors of those involved with these murders. However, the incomprehensible evil at work in such crimes is not the subject of this article. What we will be looking at in this article is the value, as well as the intrusiveness, made possible by current crime-solving technologies. Below are a few examples.

High-definition security cameras are becoming ubiquitous in businesses and retail outlets as well as on city and suburban streets. One’s cell phone can be tracked, revealing one’s geographical location at all times. Deleted messages, texts, and images can be extracted and retrieved from one’s mobile phone, computer, or tablet by experts and put on a screen in the courtroom for all to see. These technological advances have been hugely helpful in providing evidence that lead to guilty convictions.

As I watched a trial recently, a witness who was an expert in data extraction technology was detailing the texts gathered from a dating site the defendant in a murder case had used. As I watched the accused sat quietly while this witness testified, I wondered what it would be like to have one’s personal texts flashed on a large screen for everyone to see. It must have been embarrassing and humiliating. However, she didn’t flinch. I guess when someone has murdered their spouse, the content of messages on a dating site is the least of one’s worries.

Then I began to wonder what it will be like when the secrets of all people’s hearts will become known, and it won’t be because of technological advances. They will become known because there is nothing on the earth—or in the universe—that is unknown to the Lord God Almighty. The Lord sees what we do in secret.

“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). 1

“But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:17–18).

These are positive aspects of the Lord’s knowledge of all things. However, the discomfort that the murderous woman experienced I brought up earlier in this article will be nothing in comparison to what will occur on the Day of Judgment.

“For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17).

Writing about the Gentiles, Paul wrote,

“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus” (Romans 2:15–16).

Embarrassing? Humiliating? Perhaps. I don’t know. Regardless, there will be no denying it. The accused will know what is being revealed is the truth, and that nothing can be done to undo it. For unbelievers, it will be condemning, life-ending punishment.

You and I don’t want to be on the terrible end of these revelations of our sinful secrets and actions on that day. If you are a believer, you have no need to be concerned. You are forgiven with no remembrance of your sins.

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins” (Isaiah 43:25).

What glorious relief, something for which we will be eternally thankful. So, thank You, Lord, for your great mercy and compassion. Thank You, Jesus, for sacrificing Yourself so that all our sins are completely, perfectly washed away—forever.

1All biblical quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (2016). Crossway Bibles.

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