Preface: “And I heard another out of the altar say, even so Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments” (Rev. 16:7).
It was a tense moment. The crowd seated in the courtroom chatted nervously as the jury returned from deliberations. The defendant, with a look of desperation, focused his attention on the 12 people who had returned to their seats. Instantly, the courtroom was hushed as these people delivered their verdict: “On the charge of reckless endangerment, we find the defendant guilty.”
From one side of the courtroom, cheers of joy could be heard. On the opposite side, however, tears welled up in many of the onlookers’ eyes. The judge, pounding his gavel, demanded order. When all is calm, he sentenced the defendant, who was then led out by the same officers who had escorted him into the courtroom.
On earth, many courts are the busiest they have ever been. People await their day to be heard. Before judgment is made, however, society is to assume that all who enter are innocent until proven guilty. If found guilty, they are then sentenced.
Most of us will never have to go in front of an earthly judge to be proven innocent or guilty. Yet each of us will one day come before our heavenly Father to be judged. The difference will be that we are not presumed innocent until proven guilty, but guilty until proven innocent through Jesus Christ.
We are born into a world full of sin, and there is no way for us to escape except through Christ.
“ ‘Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, / and whose sins are covered; / blessed is the one against whom the Lord will not reckon sin’ ” (Rom. 4:7, 8, NRSV). This is difficult for us to comprehend, but through faith in the grace of God, we are all loved, accepted, forgiven, and freed from our sins. When the Judge pronounces His verdict, we will be acquitted and allowed to enter heaven. I am looking forward to that day, aren’t you?