Guilty or Not Guilty


GuiltyorNot Guilty-He came to see me the next day. The day everything blew-up, but the day before the newspaper would publish local arrests. He was a young Christian, he had obeyed the gospel only a year or so before this event. A friend had lead him to Christ, but now that faith would be tested. He lost his job and would no longer be able to volunteer at a youth sports league and mentor program. The program was close to his heart, it was a way he could payback those who had mentored him. He was single and had the time. While working with the teens in the program he became close to a teenage girl, they considered themselves in love. They let things go too far. He realized this and broke things off. With a broken heart, she told her parents everything. They called the police. Now he faced jail time and a life as a registered sex offender. The guilt hit hard!

We prayed. We prayed for forgiveness from God. We prayed for an understanding court. We prayed for the ability to accept the verdict and consequences.

Guilt.

Everyone of us has been guilty before God. Not one of us can say we have never sinned against God. “If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1Jo 1:10). Guilty!

Guilty, but the sentence has not been handed down. The day of judgement has yet to come. There is still time.

Imagine with me the day of sentencing. We are all standing in line waiting for our turn. Suddenly a video begins to show on a cloudlike screen. I was a cute little baby. Look, I am learning to walk. Everyone smiles at the toddler on screen. They see how much he loves his parents. My first day of school, the memories flood my soul. I wince as I have an outside view of THE accident. The angels shout, “Hallelujah!” when the scene from the day I obeyed the gospel plays. More time passes and more scenes from my life. Then it hits me, “Wait,” I think. “Stop the movie, I know what is coming next!” My blood pressure rises, my face starts to flush, no one needs to see this . . . “No, please . . .” Tears of embarrassment and sorrow begin to flow.

“Stop!” It is a familiar voice. “Scott is my brother. Father, he is Your child. He is NOT GUILTY!  He is righteous, I claim the guilt that would be his.”

“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2Co 5:21)

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity . . .” (Psa 32:1-2)

Thank You, God for the forgiveness that is in Christ.

-Scott

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