Recently I went to my mailbox and discovered that one letter that brings a bitter-sweet reaction to the heart and mind – a summons for Jury duty. Great, I get to participate (again) in a privilege our society affords, a trial by our peers. But, it’s going to require a two-week commitment, and it will interfere with my work schedule. Having the responsibility of judging another person’s fate is not for the lighthearted.
The last time I was on jury, years ago, we had to try a murder case and the jury went back and forth before finally landing at its verdict – guilty! The judge proceeded accordingly. It reminds me, especially during the month of April, which we began by celebrating Easter, that each of us will one day stand before God to be judged by Him concerning our sin nature. Will He see that we repented and believed in His son – Jesus Christ? We are justified, (the idea of being shown to be just or to be free from blame) in Jesus who died on the cross, shed His blood, and rose from the dead 3 days later.
Having repented and put our faith and trust in Christ, there is only one verdict the judge can arrive at – not guilty.
Scott Bowers – Executive Director