The Trial:

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 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 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 full flowing robes.

He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn't take my eyes off of him.  As he took his seat behind the bench he said "Let us begin."

The prosecutor began, "My name is Satan, and I'm 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 terrible 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 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 a part of the harm I've 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.

When it was his turn, my lawyer 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 now in his full splendor and majesty.

Now I realized why he seemed so familiar, this was The Lord Jesus Christ 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 man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And yes the wages of sins is death and this man deserves to be punished".

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Father with out- stretched arms and proclaimed "However, 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,
looked at his Father and replied "There is nothing else that needs
to be done, I have 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'll 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."

In this world of  terrible hurt, pain, suffering, and extreme self
centered focus to the exclusion of everyone and everything else
there are times when  logic, thought, discussion, etc., do nothing.

It is in these times I have learned that I have only one place to turn to ease the pain.

In The Bible:  "John 3:16" says -

For God so Loved the world,
that he gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life.

The next verse says:  For God sent not his Son into the world
to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be Saved.

And verse 18 says:  He that believeth on Him is not condemned:
but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

This is truly Amazing!

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