I Was Found Guilty

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 looked like 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 figure who snarled as he glared 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 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 shuddered.

He took His seat behind the bench and said, ‘Let us begin.’

The Prosecutor rose and said, ‘My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this person belongs in hell.’

He proceeded to tell of lies that I had told, things that I had stolen, times I had cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that had been 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 was guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life too – couldn’t that at least equal out part of the harm I’d done? No, I realized, not now.

Satan finished with a fury and said, ‘This person belongs in hell. He 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 objections of Satan, and beckoned my Attorney to come forward.

As he got up and started walking, I was able to see him in his full splendor and majesty. Then I suddenly 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, ‘Father,’ and then he turned to address the court.

‘Satan was correct in saying that this person has sinned, I won’t deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wages of sin is death, and this persoan 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 in his place so that he might have eternal life. I received in myself on the Cross all the judgment due this person. He has accepted me as his Savior, so he is Mine.’

He continued, ‘His name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me.

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 person is free. The penalty for his sins has already been paid in full. Case dismissed.’

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan screaming, ‘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 who has come to me and asked me to represent him has received the same verdict as you:

Paid In Full.

Author Unknown

 

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Why He Came – His Solution Offered

Adam Has A New Experience – Guilt, Shame, And Fear

When Adam realized things had changed after his rebellion, and for the first time he felt guilt and shame, he hid himself from God. He was exhibiting what was now the human condition that we all experience, guilt and shame.

Finally, God comes looking for him and asks, “what have you done???”

Adam Refuses To Acknowledge His Guilt

Now Adam exhibits another aspect of the human condition, he tried to blame it on someone else. He told God that Eve brought him into rebellion. And when God questioned Eve, she told him that Satan had caused her to rebel. What a picture of humanity! Out of our own human nature, we’ll always find someone else to blame for whatever sin we get caught in. But that is not acceptable before God, every person ALONE is responsible for his choices, whether there were extenuating circumstances or not.

They Try To Cover Themselves

Now comes a very important part of this story that a lot of people miss. As soon as Adam and his wife realized a great change had taken place in them, and for the first time felt the human emotions “guilt” and “shame,” they each took leaves and tried to cover themselves.

“…and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.”
  Genesis 3:7

 But what God did next, is one of the most important points we must understand in order to understand salvation.

The Covering Foreshadowing An Atonement

The coverings of leaves was not acceptable to hide their shame. Instead, Genesis 3:21 reports that God took skins of an animal and clothed them with them. There’s a VERY important point here, don’t miss it. Whatever we use to cover our guilt with, is not acceptable. The remedy God provided was animal skins thus showing that the cost of redemption is going to be the shedding of BLOOD. Sin brought death into the world, and the remedy for sin has to be another death. As reported in the Book of Hebrews, “without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

Why is that so? Why does blood have to be shed to “cover” mankind?

God was showing mankind that there is NO OTHER WAY he can cover himself, or cleanse himself of the guilt of sin. Whatever mankind tries to cover himself with is useless. Redemption requires the death of another.

THE LAMB

A lamb? Really? What’s that all about?

God teaches us with pictures.

Throughout the Bible stories, the picture of redemption through the blood of a lamb was the only way of salvation. Here are a couple of dramatic stories portraying this:

Isaac and the Lamb

God called a man named Abraham to take his son Isaac up to a certain mountain and sacrifice his son. As they were walking up the mountain, Isaac sees the wood and realizes they’re going up to a sacrifice, but notices Abraham doesn’t have a lamb. So Isaac asks his father,

“Where is the lamb?”

“But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My father!’ And he said,
‘Here I am, my son.’ Then he said,  ‘Look, the fire and the wood, but where
is the lamb for a burnt offering?’”  
Genesis 22:7

Notice carefully the answer Abraham gives:

verse 8:
“My son, God will provide Himself the lamb…”

So Isaac walked up that hill, with the wood on his back (foreshadowing Jesus walking to Calvary with the cross on his back) and at the last minute, as Abraham goes to slay him, God tells him not to, but to sacrifice instead an animal that was nearby, showing that the death is going to be SUBSTITUTIONARY. God Himself is going to provide the lamb who will be slain, taking the judgment ON OUR BEHALF, and it will be a substitutionary sacrifice.

Another beautiful portrait of the same thing:

The Passover Lamb

Many years later, the Jewish people were in Egypt, slaves to Pharaoh who caused them much suffering. God sent Moses to bring his people out of that bondage. After Pharaoh many times refused to let them go, God told Moses that he would be sending judgment, an angel of death throughout all of Egypt, and every firstborn son of every family was going to die — EXCEPT the sons of the children of Israel if they followed carefully God’s directions. They had to do exactly what God told them. It required belief. It required obedience. He told them that each family was to take a lamb, slay it, and take a hyssop branch and dab the blood of their lamb on the doorposts of their homes. And when the judgment came, when the angel of death came through the streets of Egypt, every house that had the blood of the lamb on their doorposts, would be PASSED OVER and spared the judgment of death.

That’s what the Jews celebrate to this day when they celebrate PASSOVER. Notice that the blood had to be dabbed onto the top piece of the doorframe, and then on each of the upper sides of the door frame. Picture it. What does that look like? It takes the form of a cross.

The Lamb Of God

If you understand the story till now, then you should understand the statement of John the Baptist who was baptizing one day in the Jordan river. Looking up, he saw Jesus coming, and he said,

“Behold! The LAMB OF GOD, who takes away the sin of the world!”
 John 1:29

There are many, many more picture-stories God has placed in the Bible. Jesus said,

“Behold, I have come; in the volume of the book it is written of me.”
  Hebrews 10:7

Summarizing:

. Abraham was pictured as a father giving his son as a lamb sacrifice.

. Moses taught that only the blood of a lamb would spare God’s people from judgment.

Those were to be pictures of another Father, the God of creation, who gave us his Son, so that if we put the blood of THIS lamb on the doorposts of our hearts, we are redeemed, and will not come into judgment – BECAUSE Jesus BECAME that lamb who was nailed on a cross IN OUR PLACE, to endure the judgment due upon the sin of each of us. Therefore, if the judgment of our sins was taken by HIM, there is no more judgment coming to us whoever will receive and believe him, because as Jesus said from the cross,

“It is FINISHED.”  John 19:30

The Final Solution:

Hitler tried to destroy every Jewish person in the Holocaust. His plan was called “the final solution.”

No. JESUS is “the final solution!”

Bringing life, not death.

 

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The Deity Of Jesus Christ – Is He God Or Man?

The Word of God tells us that Christ is God.

Let’s take a look at a few of the passages, starting with the Old Testament:

God Says His Name Is “I AM”

“Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel
and say to them,`The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say
to me, `What is His name?’ what shall I say to them? And God said to Moses,
‘I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,
`I AM has sent me to you.’ ‘This is My name forever, and this is my memorial
to all generations.”   
Exodus 3:13-15

Centuries later, in the New Testament, Jesus made claim to being “I AM.”

“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.’
Then the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen
Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham
was, I AM.’ Then they took up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid Himself
and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

They took up the stones because they understood very well that he was stating
that he is God.

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Jesus identifies himself to the woman at Samaria

“The woman said to him,
‘I know that Messiah is coming, who is called Christ.
When he comes, he will tell us all things.’
Jesus said to her, ‘I who speak to you am he.”

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Jesus, the speaker in this passage,  identifies himself as God

“And behold, I come quickly and my reward is with me,
to give to every man according as his work shall be.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,
the first and the last.”   
Revelation 22:12-13

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The New Testament writers identified him as God

“Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here,
and look at my hands; and reach your hand here,
and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”

And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
John 20:27-28

The apostle Paul spoke of his deity several times:
“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock,
among which the Holy Spirit has made 
you overseers,
to shepherd the church of God which He purchased
 with his own blood.”    
Acts 20:28

“Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh
received up into glory.”  
1 Timothy 3:16

“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
Colossians 2:9

“For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ
for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,
who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory,
the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God,
and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom,
according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all,
the eternally blessed God.”    
Romans 9:3-5

 

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More About Jesus – Some Basic Historic Facts

The depictions of Jesus that people take for granted, religious icons and paintings, do not portray him as he was. Religion has done a lot to obscure the story of Jesus, for Satan loves nothing more than to detract from who he really is and what his purpose was in coming to this earth.

He Was Not Blonde And Blue Eyed
And he had no halo around his head. Jesus was born a Jew, in Israel. That means he was dark-haired, dark-eyed, and looked Israeli.

His Name Was Yeshua
While he was on this earth, no one called him, “Jesus.” His name was Yeshua. He spoke Hebrew and Aramaic, and his given name, “Yeshua” means “salvation.”

Born Of The Tribe Of Judah
His earthly foster-father or legal father, was Joseph, Hebrew Yosef, who was a Jew of the tribe of Judah and a descendant of King David through the line of David’s son Solomon.

Jesus’ mother was Mary, Hebrew Miriam, was also of the tribe of Judah, and descended from King David through David’s son Nathan.

Lived Most Of His Life In Israel
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Israel, and lived his entire life on this earth within the confines of Israel, with the exception of a short period of time after his birth when his parents fled to Egypt because Herod was killing all the male Hebrew babies, intending to destroy the ONE who was born in Bethlehem, the Messiah and coming King. After Herod’s death, they returned to Israel, to their home in Nazareth.

Jesus began his ministry at the river Jordan, and walked throughout Israel during the 3-1/2 years of his ministry, until his crucifixion.

The Crucifixion
Jesus was crucified on a hill called Golgotha just outside the city of Jerusalem, a place I’ve had the privilege of seeing for myself and can testify that it is recognizable by the rock formation making the hill look like a skull. He was buried in a tomb nearby.

Three nights and three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, and spent 40 more days on earth appearing to upwards of 500 people so that there would be no question that he had risen physically from the dead. He retained the nail prints in his hands, leaving no doubt that this was the same Jesus who died on that cross. After 40 days, he ascended back to heaven from the Mount of Olives, in the sight of many witnesses.

 

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