As I heard the news last night that Saddam Hussein had just been executed, I wondered what horrible realization he was experiencing facing his ultimate Judge for his sins.
I had to wonder what a terrible thing it is to face God's just wrath and an eternity of punishment in Hell and how much Saddam deserved it. But my next immediate thought was how I deserve it, too. I could very well have had to face the same angry God if but for God's grace and His forgiveness Jesus made possible by His incarnation, death, and resurrection. Literally, but for God's grace all of us deserve to stand before the judgment seat of God to account for the evil we've each perpetrated. True, the evil I've committed is not as great as Saddam's evil, but all of us are a lot more like Saddam in his sin than we are like Jesus in His purity. That should drive all of us to repentance and thankfulness to God.