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Sunday, August 23, 2009

“Case Dismissed!”

I’m sure everyone has had this pass through their e-mail inbox, but I think it makes clear the simplicity of salvation that legalists have such difficulty grasping. Read it and see if you don’t agree:

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 flew open 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 woman 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 woman belongs in hell, she 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 woman had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this woman 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 she has accepted Me as her Savior, so she is Mine.'


My Lord continued with, 'Her name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch her from Me.


Satan still does not understand yet. This woman 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 woman is free.'


The penalty for her sins has already been paid in full.


'Case dismissed.'


As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, 'I won't give up, I will win the next one.' 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~

4 comments:

Bill said...

It's a good analogy. I like to see it as being a case where the charges are dropped against us before the trial. (Rom 8:1).

The "old man of sin" ie our inner self has died. What remains now is a life hidden in Christ; we now take on His righteousness. You can't put a dead man on trial, and you can't bring charges against Christ.

Luc said...

It is only a story to say something of the simplicity of coming to Christ. After all,Jesus said:John5:22 "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son"
It is good however to point out the inaccuracies so that there is no confusion.

Seeker Of Truth said...

This is obviously not all accurate - the Father doesn't judge, the Son does. But that's not the point. The point is the simplicity of salvation as stated mostly in the following:

'Satan was correct in saying that this woman had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this woman 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 she has accepted Me as her Savior, so she is Mine.'

My Lord continued with, 'Her name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch her from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet. This woman 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 woman is free.'

The penalty for her sins has already been paid in full.

xHWA said...

I'm feeling a bit negative today so I'll indulge (foolishly) and point out that there are people who would condemn this analogy as a deception from Satan because it has the Father judging and not the Son.

But I think it's a moving piece. Thanks for sharing it.