by Pastor Tim Burt
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 was definitely the most evil person I had 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. He looked at me and smiled!
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 man belongs in Hell.”
He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and times when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down I sank in my seat. Satan told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about and I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at anyone — even my own attorney. 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 changed.
Satan finished with a fury and said, “This man belongs in hell! He is guilty of all that I have charged and there’s not a person who can prove otherwise.”
When it was my attorney’s turn, He asked the judge 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 my Lord and Savior representing me.
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge, “Hi, Dad.” He then turned to address the court. “Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won’t deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man 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 to pay the punishment he deserved… so that he might have eternal life. He has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is mine and his sins have been washed away.”
My Lord continued with, “His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand this yet. This man is has received my mercy and that is his justice.”
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 man is free. The penalty for him 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, “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.”
Isaiah 1:18 (NIV) “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
In His love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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