Response to “Court Date” Email

January 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Posted in Social Media Shares and Mass Emails | 1 Comment
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I receive a great many mass emails. Some of these are evangelistic or at least Christian-themed. Many of them are just plain foolish and irritating, such as the whiny, misguided “Just a Biker” email, to which I have responded before.

The email reprinted below is one of the better ones I’ve received. However, it had one point which, it could be argued, contains a theological error. I have pasted the complete email below. The one point I have an issue with is in bold and italicized, as is my reasoning below.

COURT DATE

After living what I felt was a ‘decent’ life, my time on earth came to the end.

The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the ‘prosecutor.’

He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him.

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes.

He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn’t take my eyes off of Him.

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, ‘Let us begin.’

The prosecutor rose and said,

‘My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell.’

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible Perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at anyone, even my own Attorney, 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, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all.

I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life – couldn’t that at least equal out part of the harm I’d done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, ‘This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.’

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward.

As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty.
I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, ‘Hi, Dad,’ and then He turned to address the court.

‘Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won’t deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wages of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished.’

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, ‘However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his
Savior, so he is Mine.’

My Lord continued with, ‘His name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me.

Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.’

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, ‘There is nothing else that needs to be done.’

‘I’ve done it all.’

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips..

‘This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. ‘Case dismissed.’

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, ‘I won’t give up, I will win the next one.’

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, ‘Have you ever lost a case?’

Christ lovingly smiled and said, ‘Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, ~Paid In Full~’

If you do not pass this along to 10 people immediately, absolutely nothing will happen .

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend,
(As I have done here), will bless you both.

‘Stop telling God how big your storm is.
Instead, tell the storm how big your God is!’

 

There is an idea that those who stand before the judgment seat of God, and are found to be in Christ Jesus, having been saved by grace through faith, will receive mercy instead of justice.

To be fair, this statement (“This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.”) is attributed to Satan in the email, and Satan is the father of lies, so technically I may be reading too much into it.

However, we must remember that, while the redeemed of God definitely receive mercy, there is nothing “unjust” in God, and therefore, His pardon of those who have been saved by Christ is not an instance of an unrighteous or unholy withholding of justice on the part of God. His character is just, and He is unchanging, so He must always be just, and must always administer justice.

I don’t like to “proof text,” but here are some texts that do prove that point:

“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.” Proverbs 17:15

“That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Genesis 18:25

“Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Psalm 85:10

When God welcomes born-again Christians into Heaven, He does not do so because He has ceased from justice. He does so because His justice was satisfied in the Cross of Christ. In the “court room” scenario of the email, Satan’s frustration should not be that, “This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.” His frustration should be, “This man is not to be given wrath, but rather the just mercy of the righteous Judge, which was wrought in the Perfect Sacrifice of the Judge’s perfect Son.”

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” I Peter 3:18

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  1. […] Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly. Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. […]


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