Guilty or not guilty - the highest legal drama
Week beginning: 8th January, 2017 | By Mark Mullins | London
'Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.'Romans 4:6 (KJV)
The moment of highest drama in the Crown Court is when the jury foreman stands to his or her feet and delivers the verdict. A guilty verdict may mean an 18 year prison sentence. A not guilty verdict, instant release.
There will be a day when each of us will appear before the judgment throne of Christ. Unlike a jury trial, each person who stands in the place of judgment deserves but one verdict, guilty, because as Paul writes in Romans 3:23:- "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God". The consequence of a guilty verdict will be eternal damnation, a prospect too terrible to begin to imagine.
Yet there will be a great multitude, which no man could number (Revelation 7:9), who will be separated and pronounced "not guilty" and who will be admitted to heaven to spend eternity in everlasting bliss. The stakes could not be higher.
The wonderful news is that the "not guilty" verdict is pronounced not only on the Day of Judgment but the moment a sinner repents of their sin and trusts alone in the Lord Jesus for their righteousness for He is "the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:26).
May we each be encouraged to pass on this good news so that the highest drama in eternity might be a reality for many of our friends, relations and work colleagues – the pronouncement of a not guilty verdict!
1. Ask that God will this year give you a new sense of urgency and opportunities to speak about the good news of Jesus Christ.
2. Pray for our judges as they administer justice and deliver verdicts in our respective jurisdictions.