My Day in Court
Only God knows what you are lacking in your life. I hope this story brings with it many blessings. Praise to Jesus.
After living a “decent” life, my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a courthouse. 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 lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me.
The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in flowing robes He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I could not 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 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 could not look at anyone, even my own lawyer, 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 representative 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 have done. Satan finished with a fury and said “This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day”.
When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The judge allowed this over strong objection of Satan, and beckoned him to come forward. As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full splendor and majesty. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar, this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
He stopped at the bench, and then he 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 wages of sin is death and this man deserves to be punished.” Jesus took a deep breath and with out-stretched arms proclaimed “I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted me as his Savior, so he is mine.”
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 yet, this man is not to be given justice but rather mercy.” As Jesus sat down, he quietly paused and replied “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 and 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 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.”
Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend, as I have done here, will bless you both. Passing this on to one not considered a friend is something I know Christ would do.
To be saved; We are saved by:
1. Grace: Romans 3:23-24; Titus 2:11; Ephesians 2:5; Ephesians 2:8
2. Faith: Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:9; Hebrews 10:6; Mark 16:16; James 2:19-20; Romans 10:10
3. Confession: Romans 10:10; 1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13
4. Repentance: II Corinthians 7:10; Luke 13:3; II Peter 3:9; Acts 2:38;
5. Baptism (by immersion and in the Name of Jesus Christ): 1 Peter 3:21; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:16; Acts 10:48; Acts 22:16; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; Acts 4:12; Colossians 3:17
6. Holy Ghost: John 3:3-5; Romans 8:1-14; Acts 2:1-4, Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10:44-46
7. Endurance: Hebrews 12:1; Matthew 10:23; Matthew 24:13; II Timothy 2:3; Hebrews 12:7; James 1:12; Hebrews 2:1-3
This article “My Day in Court” by an unknown author was submitted by Nan Lucas. Used by permission. It may be used for study & research purposes only.
This article may not be written by an Apostolic author, but it contains many excellent principles and concepts that can be adapted to most churches. As the old saying goes, “Eat the meat. Throw away the bones.”