The Ticket

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.  – Psalm 9:10

I have a family member who got a traffic violation.  I won’t use names because I didn’t get permission.  It was a $75 dollar fine and a 3-point violation.  The officer who wrote it up told this person, “If you show up to your court date, I will drop this.”  A month later while nervously standing in the courtroom, this person watched the cop be true to his word and left with a clean record.

Here is the thing:  The person was guilty.  They did the crime.  They violated the law.  It did not matter how much good they did before the incident or after the incident.  There was no balancing out the act.  There was no doing enough good to cancel it out.  They were on trial for a specific violation.  All this person had was trust that the law officer would do what he said he would do.

You and I are guilty.  Go through the ten commandments.  Have you ever loved someone or something more than God?  I have.  This means that I have violated commandments one and two.  Have you ever used God’s Name as a cuss word?  I have.  I’m guilty of breaking commandment number 3 when I stand before the Judge of all judges.  I have dishonored the Sabbath, dishonored my parents, and hated someone which makes me guilty of murder according to 1 John 3:15.    I’ve committed adultery according to Matthew 5:28 and by fornication.  I’ve stolen, lied, and coveted.  This makes me guilty of all 10 commandments.  What will happen to me on Judgment Day when I stand before the Judge? 

Make no mistake, we will all stand before the Judge!!

It is appointed unto man once to die, and after this to face judgment.  – Hebrews 9:27

As I typed out and remembered my sins, great fear and great regret came over me.  I don’t think I have been this aware of my sin in a long, long time.  This feeling of despair wells up inside of me.  It does not matter how much good I do; it cannot cancel out the fact that I broke God’s law.  I can’t even play the ignorance card.  I might could on some of it, but I’ve broken all 10 commandments willingly and knowing better.  I type that last sentence in much despair this morning.  When I stand before the Lord, I’ve only got one card to play.  Just like my family member had to put their trust in the officer . . . I’ve got to put my trust in Jesus.

There is therefore now no condemnation to those which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  – Romans 8:1

God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  – John 3:17

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.  – Acts 4:12

Jesus Christ is all that I have.  I will go into that heavenly courtroom trusting that He will do on a much, much grander scale, what that cop did for my family member.  

Please, please, please . . . put your trust in Him.  

Please, please, please . . . share this with everyone you know.  

They’ve got to know!!!

Lord, I felt the fear in my family member awaiting trial.  I feel the fear right now as I await trial before you.  You are all that I have.  I’ve got nothing else.  Blessed are the poor in Spirit?  Then here it is.  I’m not coming to You with a resume that talks of how I played on praise and worship teams, sat in church, preached in church, wrote WMD’s, stayed married to my wife, stopped lying, or any list of other “good” deeds.  I’m coming to you with one play:  The Bible says that You so loved me, that You sent Jesus to die for me, and if I put my trust in Him, I will not perish, but have everlasting life.  Please make all the readers feel the despair of standing before You without Jesus being their police officer.   Let them feel the full weight of it.  Then, if they know You and Your Word, give them peace that passes all understanding because they know in Whom they have trusted.  I ask that You put a special blessing on that police officer who was a picture, even if just for a moment in time, of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

About wednesdaymorningdevotional

I am just a nobody from Salem, South Carolina. I have been a math teacher now for 23 years. I have been publishing devotionals every Wednesday morning for about 10 years now. Thanks for stopping by.
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