The first thing I remember when I woke up was sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. I couldn’t remember how I got here. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.
As I looked around I saw the prosecutor. He was a normal looking gent who just looked at me then went about his business. In fact he looked like a pretty nice guy. He could have been my best friend. He definitely didn’t seem to be what you would think of as a prosecutor in any way.
I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my defense attorney, a kindly and gentle looking man who was soft spoken and whose appearance seemed to be familiar to me. I felt I knew him. He was my defense attorney so of course, I must know him.
The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room. You could tell that he was in charge of his courtroom. I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. He was of great stature and had a powerful presence.
As he took his seat behind the bench, without any formality, he said, “Let us begin.”
The prosecutor rose and stated his name and said, “I am here to show you why this man deserves to be convicted and be sentenced to death.”
He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I had stolen, and when I had cheated others. The prosecutor told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. So much of it I didn’t think anyone knew about. I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at anyone, even my own attorney, as the accuser told of wrongs that even I had completely forgotten about.
As upset as I was at him for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. There were no objections, nothing to stop the Judge from hearing of all of my wrong doings. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had also done a lot of good and noble things – couldn’t that at least cancel out some of the harm I’d done?
The prosecution finished with a fury and said, “This man belongs put to death, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.”
When it was his turn, my attorney first asked if he might approach the bench.
The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of the prosecutor, and beckoned him to come forward. As my attorney got up and started walking, I was able to see him dressed in a simple suit, nothing fancy or expensive such as the prosecutor wore.
He stopped at the bench and softly said something to the Judge, and then he turned to address the court. “The prosecution was right in all of these allegations. And, yes, the penalty of my client’s crimes is death, and this man deserves to be punished.”
I was stunned, if I could have sunk lower I would have as tears started to fill my eyes, there didn’t seem to be any hope or defense. But then my attorney took a deep breath and turned to the Judge with outstretched arms and proclaimed, “However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine.” He continued with, “His name is written in the Book of Life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan, the accuser, the prosecutor of mankind, still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.”
As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, “There is nothing else that needs to be done. I’ve done it all. And Father, you have said that NO ONE can take them from my hands whom you have given Me.”
The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips . . . “This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full by My Son. Case dismissed.”
As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, “I won’t give up, I will win the next one.”
I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, “Have you ever lost a case?”
Christ lovingly smiled and said, “Everyone who has come to Me and asked Me to represent
them has received the same verdict as you, “NOT GUILTY – PAID IN FULL.”
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Romans 5:8-9, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (NKJV)
1 John 4:9, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (NKJV)
– Author Unknown