In my post on Monday I mentioned that beginning this week we would be hearing from some folks in our church community on their responses to the messages in the Good News series we started on Easter Sunday. This week’s first guest post is from Miriam Giles – I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!
When Pastor Keith asked if I’d be interested in writing a guest blog post regarding justification, I first thought “Wait minute. I’ve never ever written a blog post before, what is he
So instead I’ll just tell you how I envisioned sin and salvation going down when I was a kid. It’s pretty similar to Jason’s funny story he gave on Sunday.
GOD, in His glory, sits in the judge’s chair as Chief Justice of All Things Good and Evil, adorned in a judicial robe like Judge Wapner on the People’s Court, holding a gavel and sternly holding The Big Book of Miriam’s Sins (Part 1 of 3). He begins reading the book, listing all my sins. And after each sin is listed, GOD smacks His gavel down and quotes Bible passages condemning me “She has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3:23) “The wages of those sins is death!” (Romans 6:23) and “…without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. This is the payment expected at the time of judgment!” (Hebrews 9:22)
I sit there, sweating bullets in the defendant’s seat, speechless, and woefully receive my sentence: Eternal Death.
And then, Jesus Christ, my court appointed lawyer dressed in a suit and tie marches in and states: “The law demands a perfect sacrifice be offered for these sins. I am the Lamb, the sacrifice that you require. She is guilty of these charges but I’ve already paid the price. Let her go.”
Jesus saved me. I believe this.
This is kind of how I thought of justification as a kid. In truth, it’s pretty much how I view it as an adult. Only when I was 8 I pictured Jesus to look like Joe from the Hardy Boys, who I loved. Jesus doesn’t look like Joe Hardy to me anymore.
I shared my vision with one of my friends who offered a different perspective and asked “Do you think that it would be Jesus instead of you sitting in the defendant’s seat? He was the one who was condemned; He was the one who was sweating bullets. He was the one who was asked to defend Himself even though He knew no sin.”
This got me thinking “What if that is true? What if there was a dialogue between GOD and Jesus before we all were born or the Earth was even created, in which Jesus said to God “I died for Miriam because she will believe in me.”? What if before I was even a speck in my mother’s eye, it was God’s will to have Jesus take my place on the cross, die for my sins so that I could have eternal life and I was never supposed to sit in the defendant seat?
I like this idea. What do you think?
Hebrews 10:18 “Their sins and lawless act I will remember no more. And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.”