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Laurie and I were watching a trial recently in which a man named Matt Moore was accused of strangling his wife and then staging a scene to make it look like she had hung herself. She was found three months after her disappearance, hanging from a tree branch with a USB cord around her neck. Without going into details, we were convinced Mr. Moore was guilty. He lied many times to the police. His behavior was suspicious. The prosecution’s problem was that there was no way to connect Moore to his wife’s death. No weapon. No DNA or blood. No witness to the crime. That must have been the reason the jury ruled Mr. Moore innocent.

Well, perhaps we just made a wrong call. It’s happened before.

Regardless of our opinion, Mr. Moore is, as they say, free as a bird. The murderer is still out there. We don’t believe justice was done in this case. But it will be done someday, however. We will just have to wait for it. Ultimate, eternal justice will be meted out to murderers and sinners of all kinds. They will not be able to tell lies when that final judgment arrives. No one will have a secret.

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14).1

Unbelievers on that day will discover that the Lord God Almighty knows the truth of all things. They will be found guilty, and they will know they are guilty. This will transpire in the presence of God who will reveal all things.

“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done” (Revelation 20:11–12).

This will be what happens to all sinners who are outside the life of Jesus.

“This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14b–15).

It won’t be pretty. It wouldn’t have been pretty for me, either, but Jesus saved me. Christians, although sinners, have been washed in the blood of Jesus and have no fear of eternal judgment. I hope Matt Moore will come to know Him and escape this terrible fate. I will pray to that end.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24–25).

This final, eternal judgment should give hope to those who have experienced injustice in their lives or the lives of friends or loved ones. And, although many tears may have been shed over inequities in life, whether in courtrooms or elsewhere, the Lord will offer comfort unlike any we are able to obtain in our lives on this earth.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

While we await that day, Christians are to do these things:

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).

There is no grief like that which loved ones experience over the death of loved one. It’s a wound that will no longer dominate their thoughts over time, but they will always bear a scar.

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).

Comfort one another. Amen. Lord, help us comfort victims of injustice. And please comfort us when we are in need.

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

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