After living what I felt was a 'decent' life, my time on earth came to the end.
The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.
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 villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.
I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.
The corner door opened and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes.
He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him.
As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, 'Let us begin.'
The prosecutor rose and said, 'My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell.'
He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.
I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.
As upset as I was at Satan 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.
I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?
Satan finished with a fury and said, 'This man belongs in hell, 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 Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward.
As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.
I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, 'HI, DAD,' and then He turned to address the court.
'Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished.'
Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father 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.'
My Lord continued with, 'His name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan 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..'
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. Case dismissed.'
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 that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, ~Paid In Full.'
Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend, (as I have done here), will bless you both.
'Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!
Friday, September 28, 2012
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Isaiah 30:15-18 (GNT) "The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says to the people, 'Come back and quietly trust in Me. Then you will be strong and secure'." But you refuse to do it. Instead, you plan to escape from your enemies by riding fast horses. And you are right-escape is what you will have to do! You think your horses are fast enough, but those who pursue you will be faster!...And yet the Lord is waiting to be merciful to you. He is ready to take pity on you because He always does what is right. Happy are those who put their trust in the Lord."
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Deuteronomy is the book in the Bible, and like the ones before it (Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers) deals with instructions God gave the people of Israel after He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He declared them His people and demanded their respect and worship. I think it's important today too because how much is God respected in the mainstream of our society now? How many people truly live for Him? In the New Testament, Jesus was born and revealed that we are all God's people. But what does Jesus have to do with the Books of the Old Testament? John 1:1 (GNT) says "Before the world was created, the Word already existed; He was with God, and He was the same as God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through Him, God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without Him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to mankind." Then John 1:14 (GNT) says, "The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw His glory, the glory which He received as the Father's only Son."
Thursday, September 13, 2012
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Friday, September 7, 2012
Psalm 145:1-3 (GNT) "I will proclaim your greatness, My God and King; I will thank You forever and ever. Every day I will thank You; I will praise You forever and ever. The LORD is great and is to be highly praised; His greatness is beyond understanding."
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Deuteronomy 4:29-31 (GNT) "There you will look for the Lord your God, and if you search for Him with all your heart, you will find Him. When you are in trouble and all those things happen to you, then you will finally turn to the Lord and obey Him. He is a Merciful God. He will not abandon you or destroy you, and He will not forget the covenant that He Himself made with your ancestors."