We might as well face the truth. Guilty as charged, not one of us is going to pass through judgment before God without a full repayment of the debt we owe.

I was reminded of this fact the other day when I received a traffic citation for speeding. Cruising through a school zone at 45 mph is a recipe to get pulled over and I did. I don’t get many tickets but when I do, it’s usually because I’m not paying attention to the changing landscape of speed limits. Ain’t no doubt about it. I was guilty and I knew it.

I broke the law and got what I deserved. I was guilty as charged and I had to pay the “penalty” – a fine- for my wrongdoing.

Someday, I will plead “Guilty” to lifelong sins of commission and omission yet payment for the debt that I owe will have been paid by “the Righteous One.” I guess that’s why we call it “Good News.” At the final judgement in the courtroom of heaven, those who have called upon his name and placed their trust in his perfect, sinless life and sacrifice will find Jesus testifying on their behalf.

“Father, although Tim is guilty as charged. Although he deserves to die for his acts of rebellion, I have paid his penalty in full and therefore, he is free to dwell with us for all eternity because his guilt has been eradicated. Father, allow him to enjoy the dwelling place I have made for him in heaven.”

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:21

Something to think about.


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