“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.” – Revelation 20:11-12
In 1977, Joseph Amrine was 19 years old when he robbed a local Safeway grocery store. He was sent to the Missouri State Penitentiary.
On October 18, 1985, six months before Amrine was due to be released from prison, Gary Barber, a fellow inmate, was stabbed to death in a recreation room. Amrine was playing cards in the room at the time, and three other inmates and a guard identified him as the killer.
For the next 17 years, Amrine fought for his innocence. He was sentenced to be executed, but a steady stream appeals kept his case active. Then in April 2003, the Missouri Supreme Court granted Joe Amrine a writ of Habeas Corpus finding that Amrine and his attorneys had established “clear and convincing evidence” of his innocence in the Barber murder. The witnesses said they had lied under oath and the DNA proved that Amrine was innocent of the murder. He was released days later.
Now that he is in his 50’s, Joe does not hold any anger of what happened. In prison, he became a believer in Christ. He said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but with God’s help, my future is going to be in the sunshine. My future is going to be free.”
There are many injustices in this world, but Jesus Christ will have the final word when He judges our lives. Today in prayer, praise the Lord that when you trust your life to Jesus, your name appears in the book of life.
“Tomorrow’s history has already been written. At the name of Jesus every knee must bow.” – E. Kauffman
God’s Word: “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.” – Matthew 16:27
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2011, DEVOTIONS IN REVELATIONS