Have you ever served on jury duty? A good friend of mine came home from vacation and learned she has to serve on jury duty the first week of school. If chosen, she’ll sit on a jury with eleven others and listen to the evidence presented by both the prosecution and the defense in an attempt to determine guilt or innocence.
We will all face a Judge one day and listen as evidence is presented against us. The great accuser will stand before the Judge and rattle off every thought, word, and deed we committed against God as grounds for our punishment [Revelation 12:10]. Hebrews 4:13 tells us “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Does that concern you?
Romans 6:23 tells us “the wages of sin is death.” If the accuser is successful in pleading his case (and he will be), then the punishment we’ll face has already been established… it’s death, yet Christ paid the price in full [Romans 3:23, John 3:16, and Romans 5:8].
Can you imagine it? You’re sitting in a downtown courtroom, being charged and found guilty for a list of crimes that are punishable by death. Just as you are about to be taken away through a door that would separate you from everyone you know and love forever, Someone steps forward and says “I paid for his crimes. Her debt has been paid in full. He is free to go. Remove the chains from her hands and feet and put them on Me.” All you had to do was turn and walk out of the courtroom in complete and total freedom. You’d go bananas. You would be so excited you’d tell everyone you knew and a lot of people you didn’t know. You’d want to be interviewed by the local paper and on Good Morning, America. Let’s face it, this would be some serious news to spread.
So why aren’t we doing it? Why aren’t we telling everyone we know. The reality is we’ve already experienced this if we’ve accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior. He paid our debt in full on Calvary. He released us from the chains that held us for so long. So, why don’t we walk in the freedom He purchased for us instead of standing bound? Why aren’t we telling the world about all He has done for us? Why?
Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”