Week beginning: 31st January, 2016
By Gerard Chrispin | London
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,"
"…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness."1 Peter 3:18 & 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
The judge who was different
The chapel of the old Victorian London prison was packed with prisoners.
The men listened intently as the gospel was preached. Some nodded as they heard that just as their crimes must be punished at the instigation of the state, so their sins must be punished at the instigation of our holy, righteous and eternal Judge.
They heard that Jesus, our 'God with us' (Emmanuel) in human flesh, bore our sins and punishment on the cross to forgive and cleanse all who turn from their sins and receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. Some men seemed visibly moved.
'What can a human judge do other than pass sentence on a guilty offender?' They already knew the answer to that question, for even if he wanted to, no judge could leave the bench and stand in the dock to be sentenced for a guilty man.
'But our Judge left the 'bench' of Heaven, took on flesh, lived a sinless life, and bore our sins in His own body on the cross. Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. Each of us needs to admit and turn from our sins and trust Jesus as our Saviour.'
Those words, so well received by the prisoners, are as much for us as they are for those behind bars. What a wonderful Saviour we have!
1. May we trust and rejoice in the Saviour who bore our sins.
2. May we live as redeemed men and women and do our walk as spiritually renewed lawyers.
3. May we pray for colleagues and clients to do the same, by God's grace.