Instant Replay

11:01 P.M. March 24, 2013


The raucous crowd in Austin, Texas relentlessly voiced their disagreement over the referee’s call.


The rowdy Illinois fan in Cary, North Carolina grumbled at the television.


With only half of a minute left in the game, Illinois is down two points to the Miami Hurricanes. Illinois runs a play and the crowd rose to its feet as one of its star seniors hoists up a 3-pointer. The shot ricochets off of the rim, and in the scramble for the rebound, the ball goes out of bounds. The referee points his arm in Miami’s direction which indicates that they will receive possession of the ball.

The instant replay showed that the ball clearly tipped off the hand of a Miami player before going out of bounds.

Oh the INJUSTICE! Illini fans booed relentlessly, the Fighting Illini looked disgusted, and thousands of TV viewers (like myself) watched helplessly as the clock ticked down to zero with no other clear chances for Illinois to tie the game.

“What a horrible call! That referee blew it by a mile!”

Most Americans would agree that the referee in the game blew that call. The ESPN announcers were in total agreement on that. The referee made a mistake which was only compounded by the intensity of the game. I’m sure Illini fans would love to see an instant replay put into place and justice done to rectify the situation.

Don’t we long for a perfect referee? An unbiased, compassionate, understanding and perfect judge?

Every human has a God-given bent towards true justice. When judges fail to uphold a just verdict, or when a referee misses a call that goes against our team, we get indignant. These reactions are visible signs that we all have a common grace to understand when justice needs to be done. Actions have consequences.

This situation brought to my remembrance what I had read that morning in my devotional time. In Revelation 20, God reveals to John what the day of Judgment for unbelievers will be like.
Revelation 20:11-15 says,

11 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. 12 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. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (ESV)

A day is coming in which God Almighty will review the life of every unbeliever. Those who did not accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will be revisited by their every sin, misstep, and rejection of God. God will not have to deliberate long over any “gray areas.” In fact, only one issue will determine one’s fate.

“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (v. 15). Those who rejected Jesus Christ as the only way for salvation will be justly sentenced to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.

Those who clamor for justice today, will one day stand in judgment wishing for leniency before the God who sees and understands all hearts. God will replay every thought and action from the book called “Life” to see if that individual accepted the free gift of salvation.

My friend, no calls will be blown at this Judgment, nor will you hear any inadvertent whistles.

The Perfect and Righteous Judge is on the throne. Justice will be done.

This news can be very discouraging if one does not know Christ. However, for those of us who have put their trust in the cross of Jesus Christ, we have hope!

John 3:18 says, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”

Praise God that he will not judge those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

So my question for you today is, what have you done with Jesus? Would a replay of your life show a belief and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation? Judgment is coming, but blessed is the man who accepts this free gift of salvation.

If you are not sure whether you are a follower of Christ, please see the127Project gospel page here.


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