The Verdict: Guilty!!!

Galatians 3:22 says, “The Scriptures confine all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

No one can claim innocence before God.

But first. It’s amazing that simultaneous trials are happening. It’s not by chance.

It’s a serious coincidence?

Nope.

Death is around every corner. With the Rittenhouse and Arbery trials, between the two, 3 persons died. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed with the facts of both cases that we set aside the fact that 3 persons violently entered into eternity. Eternity in hell based on their own actions and words, way before the moment of their deaths.

Many people will make claims that they’re all looking down from heaven, and that’s not the case. A lot of people try to give the impression that with their “last breath” that they’ve repented and gave their hearts to the Lord.

Also, no matter how violent a death that they’ve experienced, it’s insufficient to get into heaven.

Remember the two thieves on the cross next to the Lord Jesus?

One made it into paradise, and the other didn’t.

The thief that requested to be in paradise took the opportunity to recognize that the Lord Jesus was crucified for nothing. The Lord Jesus, an innocent man, was crucified based on a deliberate conspiracy by the Jews. The Father knew that the Jews would use ulterior motives to kill the Lord Jesus.

The evidence at the trial was falling apart. The witnesses could get their stories straight. But the lawyers questioned the Lord Jesus one more time, and the Lord Jesus had to help them out.

“Are you the Son of God?”

The answer the Lord Jesus gave them was “sufficient” evidence and they’ve proceeded to take Him to Pontius Pilate. Even before Pilate, the Lord Jesus never committed an act worthy of crucifixion. But Pilate had to help them out too.

Pilate states that the Jews had a custom. To release a man during Passover.

Barabbas, a murderer, was released and Jesus would be crucified.

There will be racial tensions again, no matter what happens. It’s part of the customs of our day.

With the guilty verdict of the Lord Jesus, crucified, and buried, there would be one more hurdle. Will the Lord Jesus stay dead or will there be a supernatural event that will destroy everything that the Jews had done?

The Lord was raised from the dead on the 3rd day.

The Guilty Man was raised from the dead.

This Guilty Man became a sacrifice to save man from God’s wrath.

This Guilty Man took our guilt. He took our sin. He took our shame. And He took our penalty.

But it requires that we surrender to Him to sin no more.

We repent, turn 180 from sin, towards God to receive His mercy, given to us because of His grace, and the blood of Jesus.

God took a conspiracy and cleansed and cleared us all of the guilty stain.

“Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed us white as snow.

So the next time we look in a court room, or observe a court case, just imagine the guilt of our sinful life. Just imagine the judge getting ready to pass sentence. Just imagine the handcuffs, and being led away to pay for the crime.

Then look at what the Lord Jesus had done for us.

Even though we’re guilty, HE took our penalty.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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