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After a three-month summer recess, on October 3,1994, the Supreme Court of the United States opened its 1994-95 term. According to the New York Times News Service, the court’s legal business for that first day could be summed up with one word: no. The court announced it had refused to hear more than 1,600 cases. The names and docket numbers of the rejected appeals covered sixty-eight typewritten pages. For those cases, that was the last court of appeal, the final word.


There’s something terribly final about judgment. The Supreme Court says no, and that’s it. No appeals. No arguments. The books are sealed, and the decision is final.


On the great day of judgment there will also be a terrible crescendo of no’s. "No, you cannot enter my kingdom." And the doors will be shut forever. No appeal. No time to change one’s mind. Those who have rejected Jesus Christ will have forever lost their opportunity for eternal life". (Craig Brian Larson. ed. Contemporary Illustrations For Preachers, Teachers And Writers. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1996, p. 122). The opportunity to get things right is now. We might know someone who is a pretender and who needs to understand that the time to get it right is now because the door is still open. When the door closes the foolish will be shut out.

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