12 Lifetimes and 3,318 Years Is Not Enough

August 27, 2015 § 8 Comments


The headline Colorado Movie Gunman Sentenced to 12 Lifetimes and 3,318 Years should tell us a lot about our own God-given sense of justice. It clearly extends far beyond this lifetime. James Holmes murdered 12 people and wounded another 70 when he opened fire in a movie theater in 2012. The jury couldn’t unanimously agree over the death penalty, so Holmes got the maximum life sentence. Logically, one lifetime would be enough to keep him behind bars for eternity, but our sense of eternity (Ecc. 3:11) and justice (Job 37:23) seems to surpass the limits of this world. Our dissatisfaction with human justice is a reflection of the court of the divine. We are made in the image of a God who is by nature the essence of justice, and that we would intuitively recognize grave injustice and seek to satisfy it by such extremes demonstrates this very truth. We know there must be more to it.

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