The Merciful Judge

2nd & 3rd May

Weekend Edition

He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.”

Psalm 103:10

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting a court case. The case was about a man who had been drink driving on numerous occasions, driving while suspended, driving without an M.O.T and changing his number plate. As I sat there in the court room, I was overcome with compassion for the man awaiting his sentencing. He looked like he was carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.

My moral mind was thinking that this guy has the evidence clocked up against him. It is clear he broke the law. He could have endangered if not killed someone else, or even his own life. He showed no care for the law as it was a repeated offence. So in my eyes he was guilty. Yet something struck a cord in me and I sat there and pronounced judgement on this man. I felt sorry for him.

As I pondered these emotions I realised that God was talking to me about my own sinful self in the courthouse of the Lord. The evidence that is against me for breaking God’s law also pronounces me as a guilty man. Yet the judge does not look at my sin but looks at the One who paid it for me already, Jesus Christ. I, by all means, should be be found guilty and condemned to a life separated for a Holy God. Yet because of what Jesus did on that cross for me, not only am I forgiven but I am set free from my sin and the bondage of it too. The evidence book is ripped up and I am pronounced not guilty.

God’s mercy and grace is a free gift and the only thing we have to do to repay that debt is to believe and accept it. God does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve according to our sins. That is the gospel. That is love. What grace and mercy can we find at the foot of the cross!?

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