Kathy Bernard - Publisher
"For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far
the west, so will be
the coming of the Son of man."
will that final judgment be like when Jesus, our Savior comes?
Will all our sins fly to the forefront of our minds, leaving us
cowering in fear? Who will intercede for us?
The bible teaches, " "For there is
only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and
humanity—(Who is) the man Christ Jesus." 1 Timothy 2:5
is a fictitious story that exemplifies this thinking:
living what I thought was a decent life, my time on earth had come
to an end. I found myself on a bench in the waiting room of what
looked like a courthouse. I was frightened and afraid when I heard my name being called as a
door swung open to reveal another room. I was instructed to
come in and have a seat by the defense table. What was this
place? Why was I there? Most importantly, what did this
these fearful questions ran through my head, I looked around and saw
the "prosecutor" entering the room and
taking his place on the other side. He was a villainous looking man whose lips
curled derisively when he looked at me as if he knew the secrets of
my heart. He had an air
of malevolence that seemed to invade the entire room.
sat down and looked to my left and there sat my Attorney, a kind and
gentle looking man Whose appearance seemed so familiar to me,
I felt I knew Him. He did not seem a match for the hateful
looking prosecutor who certainly would prevail. My Attorney
appeared too meek and humble to be a match for this arrogant man.
Surely I would lose this case, whatever it was.
I sat musing, a corner door in
front of the room flew open and there appeared the Judge in flowing
robes. He commanded such a powerful presence, those in the small
room grew still and attentive. My eyes were riveted on Him and I
could not look away. He took His seat behind the bench and said in
a thunderous voice, "Let us begin!"
prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan and I am here to prove
to you why this sinner belongs in hell." Then he proceeded to tell
of the lies that I told, things that I had stolen, and the past when
I cheated others. He told of horrible perversions that were once in
my life and the more he spoke, I sank deeper in my seat.
was so embarrassed and ashamed that I could not lift my head or look
at anyone. My Attorney sat with great dignity
and humble confidence 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 before the Judge, I was equally
upset at my Attorney Who sat there silent, not offering any form
of defense. Whatever was happening in this courtroom, I knew I
would lose heavily. I know I had been guilty of all those
things but I had done some good too, and I tried hard to be a better person.
Couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I had done?
pointed a finger at me and shouted, "This sinner belongs in hell! He
is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who
can prove otherwise." He smirked confidently and said, "I rest my
case." With a flourish of his hand, he seemed to seal my fate.
Attorney then stood silently for a moment as Satan's accusations
hung in the air, unperturbed by Satan's
damming words, and asked if He might approach the bench.
Over the boisterous objection of Satan, the Judge beckoned my
Attorney to come forward and as He started walking, I was able to
see something I had not noticed before; His full splendor and
majesty. This humble Man was moving with confidence. There was something about Him, something that
preyed on my mind. It was then that I realized why He seemed so
familiar; this was Jesus Christ Who was representing me. My
Lord and Savior. My heart gave a great leap and tears filled
my eyes as I watched Him. He stopped before the bench and
softly said one word to the Judge, "Father", and then slowly turned
to address the court.
was correct in saying that this man has sinned, I won't deny
any of these allegations. And, yes, the wages of sin is death,
and yes, this sinner deserves to be punished." Jesus gave a
deep sigh and turned to the Father with outstretched arms and
proclaimed, "However, I paid for this man's sins, all of them.
I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life.
He took my gift of forgiveness and salvation through faith, and has followed the
path I set before him so now he belongs to me."
have written his name in the Book of Life with all those throughout
the ages who have
accepted and believed in me. No one can snatch him from Me.
Satan must understand he no longer has power over this man.
This man is not to be given justice, but rather Your mercy."
looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that
needs to be done. I have done it all. This man is mine!"
And with this powerful statement hanging in the air, He sat down in
the silence of the room.
leaned forward and
the following words resounded
from His lips: "This man is free. The penalty for him
has already been paid in full with the blood of my Son". God
mighty hand and slammed His gavel down
and said, "Case dismissed!"
Jesus lovingly embraced and led me away, I could hear Satan ranting
and raving, "I won't give up. I won't, I tell you. You
won't get them all when I finish with them.
There are many, many more souls out there that I can claim.
Those are the ones I will seek to devour. I will get the next
one, you'll see", he screamed as the angels of the Lord dragged him
out of the room. "Just watch and see!"
you ever lost a case?", I asked Jesus. He gently smiled and
replied, "Everyone who has come and asked me to represent them
has received the same verdict as you: 'Paid In Full'."
then He showed me His Hands.
you be one of the 'others' that Satan spoke of in this fictitious
story, blinded by
the sin he beautifully wraps, becoming one of his crowd doing the
things that God abhors? Or will you remain faithful to Jesus
Who says, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes
to the Father except through Me."
- John 14:6
who have been rooted in belief and faith in Jesus Christ will rise
one glorious day in joyful exultation and triumph over death